Exploring the Ocean Collection
With the release of our new Ocean Collection for Summer 2021, we thought it was important to take a closer look into the brilliant materials used within the pieces and explore why they are so important and sought after. Travelling from the deep red coral, through the iridescent mother of pearl and eye like shiva shells all the way to the swirling blue abalone shell, join us on this journey of discovery.
Starting with the Red Coral, found in the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean and the Pacific, this beautiful structure grows along reefs in shaded areas. The Coral is believed to have a positive influence over love and emotions and shield the wearer from negativity. Associated with the planet Mars, Coral is thought to bring balance, healing and align energy. In ancient times red coral was used in jewellery for protection against illness and unforeseen events. Even the ancient Egyptians were known for making fine jewellery containing it and some female deities such as the Egyptian goddess Isis or Roman Venus, the goddess of love have been associated with Red Coral.
Stepping forward to the classic Mother of Pearl, also known as Nacre, this is the iridescent layer of material found on shell linings. It is thought that Mother of Pearl is stress relieving and will aid in the creation of calm, balanced and soothing emotions, allowing you to have clearer thoughts and access your inner wisdom. Many people gift Mother of Pearl jewellery to loved ones as it symbolises good luck, prosperity and is thought to bring good fortune. Dating back over 4,000 years, Mother of Pearl and pearls are known as one of the oldest gems and are valued just as highly now as they were back then.
Moving to the Shiva Shell, striking, natural and made from calcium carbonate with dark bands in the shape of an eye. The shell comes from snails and gets its name from the Hindu God Shiva, the lord that dances reality into existence. It is believed that this shell is connected to the God’s third eye and is able to silence negative energy and ward off evil. The shell is known to represent the flow of life combining nurture and knowledge to help you find your path.
And finally, the brilliant, swirling blue Abalone. The shell is extremely durable, made up of calcium carbonate held together with layers of protein, the protein absorbs any blows to the shell and the calcium stops it from shattering. This method of protection, showing such strength and durability leads to the deep symbolism of Abalone. It is believed to bring a balance of serenity and strength into your life. An extra element of beauty in the Abalone, is that no two are alike. The shape of the shell lead to it being called Ears of the Sea, and it’s meaning comes from the connection to the ocean and its healing, calming energy, using water to tame the flames of emotion.