Designer Libby Pool has been creating designs with paua shell and hand making paua shell jewellery for the best part of 20 years. From her artist’s loft, Libby uses the inspirations she draws from nature to design and create her pieces. Libby's jewellery has also been used in fashion shoots and worn in TV and movie productions.
The paua shell Libby selects are naturally cultivated in the waters of New Zealand around Stewart Island and Southland where they grow larger and are much more abundant than in the North Island. The vibrant tapestry of blue, aqua, lime, gold and purple visible within polished paua is created by light refracted within the crystal layers of the shell. This makes paua a stunning natural jewellery quality material to work with.