This great NZ product is designed to add a splash of colour to the bathroom, and is handmade in Christchurch from the New Zealand paua shell, and stainless steel.
This soap dish is non-slip with natural drain holes
And...its easy-clean as the soap residue actually polishes the shell!
This dish also makes a fantastic trinket dish too :)
Paua shell is New Zealand's "Blue Mother of Pearl". Paua (Haliotis Iris) often called Abalone, is unique to New Zealand. Paua clings to rocks at depths of 1-10 metres and feeds on seaweed. The shell comprises of layers of calcium carbonate. Paua can grow to a maximum of 20cm and reaches a harvestable size at around 7-8 years old. Commercial and recreational divers use free diving (snorkel only) for the harvesting of Paua, in an effort to keep the industry sustainable for all.
To Māori, pāua are recognised taonga, or treasure, esteemed both as kaimoana (seafood) and as a valued resource for traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. Pāua are frequently used to represent the eyes in Māori carvings and traditionally are associated with the stars or whetū, the symbolic eyes of ancestors that gaze down from the night sky.