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 pendant is adorned with a Honeycomb Emblem, cast in 24k Gold. Bees have been a mystical icon in cultures throughout the ages, and their six-sided honeycomb has been associated with the sacred geometrical symbol of the Merkaba. Due to their association with light and the golden color of honey, bees were referred to as the solar insect, and are associated with many properties of the sun in astrology.