abalone shells

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Hermanus is renowned for its sought-after Abalone. The pearly, luminescent lustre of abalone shell has been put to exceptionally good use by entrepreneur Lawton Roberts.

Tons of the shells are discarded or crushed for fertiliser annually by the aquaculture farmers in Walker Bay but now Lawton has found a way to ‘upcycle’ this waste material. ‘Upcycling, recycling and downcycling – he does all three when he uses perlemoen shells that would be disposed of as garbage by the farms,’ says Lawton, a designer and artist who has dreamt of finding some way to use the beauty of the shells and has created the trendy pearly-mirror frame. Lawton’s eye for detail and precision found a perfect outlet in the meticulous cutting and polishing of the shells before he sets to work on his mirror frame and other creations for Lawton Roberts Designs. The exquisite handwork and design of the pearly-mirrors have caught the eye of fashionable Blues restaurant in Camps Bay and hang in this top Cape hot spot.