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Blue Abalone Pearls come from New Zealand's Paua, the abalone Haliotis iris Snail. Abalone are gentle sea snails, with a large central muscular foot and remarkably vibrant and lustrous shells. They are the only gastropod to be successfully used for culturing. This process is very complex because of the abalone's lack of clotting agent, limiting it to mostly blister pearl production by attaching a seed to the inner shell beneath the mantle tissue. A slight nick to the mantle tissue could be fatal in this beautiful creature.
Like the vivid coloring of the nacre on its shell, Abalone pearls show a range of bright blue, teal, sapphire, green, turquoise, fuchsia, purple, orange and gold hues. There are over one hundred different species of abalone throughout the world's oceans and the native New Zealand species is called Paua. Paua or Haliotis iris are only found in the cool clear waters close to the New Zealand coastline and it is these creatures which possess the greatest range of color and iridescence of any abalone shell.
Farming of the Haliotis iris is a recent innovation and a result of the hard work and extensive research of the beautiful creature. It takes thirty months and many layers of blue-pink nacre before a pearl can be harvested. Paua Snails are a very high maintenance creature that must not only be healthy, but also happy in order to create their beautiful iridescent pearls.
All Eyris brand pearls have a totally traceable history, by way of an individual ID number given to the pearl during cultivation that holds details about the life of the pearl such as the place and date of cultivation. Each Blue Eyris Jewelry piece is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
Cool Abalone Facts:
- If an abalone is touched by a sea star, it twists its shell violently to dislodge the intruder and then gallops off—abalone style.
- An abalone’s blood is blue-green. Since the blood contains no blood-clotting mechanism, an injury can be fatal to the abalone.
- Abalone can live to be Fifty years old.
- Abalone produce pearls by secreting a shell over parasites or irritating particles of gravel that lodge in their flesh. Some abalone farmers, hoping to harvest pearls at a later date, are now seeding abalones.
Source: Monterey Bay Aquarium