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 is adorned with a 24k Gold emblem of the Lotus. The white lotus blooms from the murky waters from which it emerges remaining spotless and pure. Through the eyes of major world religions, the eight petaled lotus is the manifestation of cosmic harmony. In Buddhist mandalas, each of the eight petals corresponds to each element of the Noble Eightfold Path.