These earrings are cast from an actual Paua (Abalone) shell. The curves and intricate detail of this iconic New Zealand shell are beautifully captured in this handcrafted design. Made from recycled copper with a durable 9ct Gold plate. Hooks are recycled sterling silver with a 9ct gold plate. Note: no cute little baby pauas were harmed in the making of these earrings, they are cast from a mould taken from a shell found on the beach! Earring dimensions: Hook length: 19mm or .75 inch. Paua length: 18mm or .7 inch.