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 Pinecone has been anointed with our "Merkaba" emblem, cast in Sterling Silver. Merkaba - "Mer" meaning Light, "Ka" meaning Spirit, and "Ba" meaning Body - is a powerful icon historically known as the "Vehicle of Ascension". The Merkaba opens the mind to increased awareness and promotes deep conscious interconnection.