This is an exquisite Paua Shell Pendant in the shape of a cute little tortoise. The tortoiseshell is inlaid with stunning iridescent Paua, the Maori name for three species of large edible sea snails. Swirling with the colors of the Paua, this elegant ornament is awash with vivid blues, greens, and violets that seem to shift and change with the light. Complemented by the brilliance of the silver chrome plating, the result is an amazingly stunning and auspicious Tortoise Pendant.
Paua shells have been long revered by the Maori people. It is widely believed that this shell represents many aspects of life with the power to ward off misfortune whilst welcoming health and prosperity. Paua Shell is also a symbol of leadership and authority and is generally used to stimulate intuition, sensitivity, imagination, and adaptability. In particular, it can improve mental clarity, co-operation, and cohesiveness within an environment.
The Tortoise is sacred and much loved by the Chinese as a symbol of longevity, stability, strength, support, and endurance. One of the 4 celestial animals (Dragon, Phoenix, Tiger, and Tortoise), the tortoise is an important and powerful symbol of landscape Feng Shui. It is also a tortoise is an icon of longevity. The Crane (another symbol of longevity) is said to live a thousand years but the tortoise is believed to live up to 3000 years and therefore is extremely popular with those who seek to live a long and healthy life. Bearer of the magical Lo Shu square which all Feng Shui theories are based on, the tortoise is also a symbol of protection and wealth.