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Pipi Shell Necklace

Pipi Shell Necklace

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A wee-sized whole paua (NZ abalone) shell takes pride of place on a slim elongated chain link necklace. Shell graces an organic shaped sculpted setting and has been hand gilded with a mixture of 23k gold leaf, powder and metallic copper paint.

Shell has been minimally polished to retain most of its organic coating. 

Chain link size: 5.5 x 2mm (for gold-filled & sterling silver options), 2 x 1mm (for gold-plated option)
Chain length: 24in/50cm
Shell size: varies from 20-22mm height.
No two shells are alike so so shape and size may slightly vary from the one pictured. 

Sustainably collected from one of the paua farms of the Far North, New Zealand.

Materials: 24K gold plated (brass bass) chain/14k gold filled (brass bass) chain/.925 sterling silver, natural shell, copper paint, 23k gold leaf & powder, resin, sculpting clay.

NOTE ON GOLD FILLED: 14k Gold Filled chain has 100% more gold than ordinary gold plating. It is also is much more valuable and resistant to tarnish. It does not flake off, rub off or turn colors.