FINE LUSTROUS MULTICOLOR SHELL CARVING of a SIAMESE FIGHTING FISH Item # : 212 0235 Type : Hand-carved lustrous multicolor shells hand-carved ~ 3-dimensional ~ this shell carving could make a stunning pendant or other designer jewelry This is not a ready to wear piece of jewelry. Amount : 1 (one) piece * All photos are taken from the actual item * Design : A beautiful Siamese Fighting Fish carving. Each piece is hand-carved one by one by master-craftsmen and therefore the design may vary slightly. This makes each carving a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Material : Paua Abalone shell, golden Mother-of-Pearl shell, Penguin Wing oyster shell Color : Multicolor, golden yellow, bronze, blue, and green Weight : approx. 3.17 grams Dimensions : Length / diameter: approx. 35.48 mm = 1.39 inches Width: approx. 31.14 mm (measured at the widest point) Thickness of shell carving: approx. 11.11 mm Perforation : This shell carving is drilled from top of the body halfway down. Origin : We buy all our shell material directly from the farms (aqua culture) off the coast of the Island of Sumbawa. All our Paua Abalone shell material we buy from New Zealand. This shell carving is handcrafted in Bali (Indonesia) by our in-house Balinese shell carvers. Hand-carving : Our shell carvings are all hand carved. This is not a machine mass produced item. This item is handmade and each piece is made one by one which make each piece a one-of-a-kind piece of art. We know you will enjoy using and wearing our shell carvings as much as we enjoyed making them. Type of shells : Paua Abalone shell is produced by the New Zealand Abalone (Haliotis iris), the most colorful shell. The name Paua is the name the Maori call the shell we know as Abalone from the deep waters of the South Island of New Zealand. These waters are a lot colder being so close to the Antarctic Basin. This is why the colors of Paua Abalone are more vibrant and deeper in color than any other Abalone found in the world. The lustrous iridescence is a rainbow blue, green and various shades of red. This Paua Abalone shell is an inspiration from nature’s spectrum of rainbow colors. Penguin Wing Oyster Shell ~ Pteria penguin This gorgeous shell was cultured in the pristine tropical waters of the Island of Sumbawa / Indonesia. Mabe pearls are grown in Penguin Wing Oysters. White & Golden Mother-of-Pearl shell is produced by the Pinctada maxima mollusk ~ the South Sea pearl oyster They are currently cultured in areas throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans, primarily in Indonesia, Australia and the Philippines. These waters are the native habitat of a large oyster known as Pinctada maxima. This oyster grows up to 12 inches in diameter and much larger than other saltwater oysters There are two varieties of Pinctada maxima, the silver-lipped and the gold-lipped. The two are distinguished by their distinct coloration of the outer edge of the interior. This type of shell is known as mother-of-pearl, and is responsible for the coloration of the cultured pearls produced, therefore the name. Siamese Fighting Fish : The Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta splendens), also known as the betta, is a freshwater fish native to Thailand (formerly Siam) and present in neighboring Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. While colloquially known and marketed in the global aquarium trade as the “betta”, it is one of 73 species in the genus Betta. Siamese fighting fish are among the most popular and widely available aquarium fish in the world, due to their varied and vibrant color, diverse morphology, and relatively low maintenance. Mostly concentrated in Thailand’s Chao Phraya river basin, bettas were discovered in the still waters of canals, rice paddies and floodplains, where they are still found; they have been kept and bred since at least the mid-19th century, and possibly much earlier. Their famously vibrant colors, large and flowy fins, and aggressive behavior are the result of generations of intensive artificial selection, for which they are sometimes known as “designer fish of the aquatic world”. Bettas are well known for being highly territorial, with males prone to attacking each other if housed in the same tank; without a means of escape, this will usually result in the death of one or both fishes. Female bettas can also become territorial towards one other in too small of an aquarium. Bettas are exceptionally tolerant of low oxygen levels and poor water quality, owing to their special labyrinth organ, a characteristic unique to the suborder Anabantoidei that allows for the intake of air. In addition to its worldwide popularity, the Siamese fighting fish is the national aquatic animal of Thailand, due to its historical and cultural significance. Thailand remains the primary breeder and exporter of bettas for the global aquarium market. Despite their abundance as pets, B. splendens is listed as “vulnerable” by the IUCN, due to increasing pollution and habitat destruction. Remarks : This fine shell carving could make a spectacular pendant or other designer jewelry. This is not a ready to wear piece of jewelry. Don’t miss the opportunity to own this beautiful hand-carved piece of art Our photographs have been enlarged to show details. Most details shown in the large image are actually not visible to the naked eye. We have made the image as close as possible to the original item when viewed on our screen. Depending on the viewers monitor settings, these items may appear a few shades lighter or darker in comparison to the original object. 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