Although not a gemstone, the Paua Shell (related to the abalone) is recognized as sacred to the Maori people of New Zealand from where it is harvested, and is used frequently in their carvings to represent the glittering eyes of the ancestors that gaze down from the dark heavens above. Paua is said to bring the serenity of the sea, bestowing a sense of peace, comfort, beauty, and delight. It is considered to be a very heart-centered substance, aiding artistic expression as well as harmony in relationships, particularly relating to the family.
This piece bears a sterling silver Sri Yantra (literally meaning "holy instrument") Mandala, symbolizing the junction between the physical universe and its unmanifest source according to Hindu Mysticism. Four triangles face upwards to represent the Divine Masculine (Shiva), and five triangles face downwards to represent the Divine Feminine (Shakti). The Sri Yantra is often referred to as the Chakra Raja – King of all Chakras – making it a supreme instrument in the path of spiritual advancement.