Tropicana Makamae Brooch

Add a touch of the tropical to your favourite outfit with one of the beautiful Tropicana brooches! They're available in a range of different styles, all of which feature a lovely combination of eco-friendly zinc alloy and real, genuine paua/abalone shell.

The Tropicana Makamae Brooch features a cute pair of kitty cats cuddled up together, one in paua and one encrusted with delicate gems. Beautiful!

Product Details
Dimensions: 35mm x 35mm
Fastening: Bar Back. 
Gift Box:  Included.
Metal: Silver-toned Zinc Alloy, made using eco-friendly manufacturing techniques and specially treated to maintain colour for a long time. 
Crystal: All stones are lab-grown using advanced, eco-friendly manufacturing techniques in order to minimise their impact on the environment.
Shell: This brooch features beautiful, highly-polished natural paua/abalone shell, from ethically-sourced commercial farms.
Note: As the shell used in this brooch comes from natural sources, you may notice some variation in the exact colouration and pattern, but please rest assured that we've done our best to choose the most beautiful pieces of shell for you. It may not be flawless, but it's gorgeous! 


Information: Plated Jewellery vs Colour Toned Jewellery

Plated Jewellery: 

If a piece of jewellery is referred to as plated or electro-plated, that means that it was made out of a strong base metal (like steel, copper, or zinc alloy), and then essentially dipped it in a  softer and less robust precious metal (like gold or silver) to give it a thin layer of precious metal on the outside.

Plating jewellery creates vibrant colours and protects your skin from allergies to the base metal, but the plating will eventually wear away to reveal the metal underneath. 

Colour-Toned Jewellery:

If a piece of jewellery is referred to as colour-toned, that means that the entire piece is made out of the strong metal (like steel, copper, or zinc alloy), and the metal has been dyed to resemble another metal (usually gold).

Colour-toned jewellery generally does not contain any precious metals. Colour-toning usually produces a darker starting colour than plating, but the colour is more reliable and will last for longer. 

The Cake Metaphor:

I like to use the cake metaphor to remember the difference. 

If your jewellery has been plated, it's like a cake with colourful icing on the outside and plain insides.

If you jewellery has been colour-toned, it's like a cake that has been coloured using food colouring instead of icing. 

Why Not Both?

After that cake metaphor, I bet you're asking the same question I was: But I can have coloured icing AND a pretty rainbow cake on the inside! Why can't I have the same in jewellery? 

The answer is that you can! It's quite common for manufacturers to colour tone the base metal of their plated jewellery before they plate it, because that makes it less obvious when the plating starts to wear away.  It will still fade as the precious metal wears away, but the difference is less visible.

But, most manufacturers won't tell you if they've done that, so it's kind of one of those things where you just have to hope for the best. 


This item qualifies for free shipping within New Zealand. Yay!

Stock for this item is held in New Zealand. Please allow 1-4 days for delivery via CourierPost. 

Our parcels are sent non-signature. If you need your parcel to be sent signature-required or if you want to specify a drop-off location, please let us know.

Thank you!