Natural Abalone Shells

Abalone Shell: What is Abalone and Why is it Popular in Jewelry

 Abalone Dangle Earrings with SilverAbalone is a type of marine mollusk belonging to the family Haliotidae. It is known for its distinctive ear-shaped shell, which features a row of respiratory pores along the outer edge. Inside, the shell is lined with a layer of nacre, or mother-of-pearl, which exhibits a stunning iridescence. This nacreous layer is what gives abalone its unique and captivating appearance, making it highly sought after in various crafts and jewelry.

Abalone is predominantly found in coastal waters around the world, with the largest populations located along the shores of New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Japan, and the western United States, particularly California. These mollusks thrive in cold, nutrient-rich waters, typically attaching themselves to rocks and other hard surfaces in the intertidal zone and shallow subtidal areas.

Abalone is popular in jewelry due to its vibrant, iridescent nacre, which displays a mesmerizing array of colors, including shades of blue, green, pink, and purple. Each piece of abalone shell is unique, making every jewelry item one-of-a-kind. Its natural beauty and shimmering quality make abalone a preferred material for artisans and jewelers, who craft it into various items such as pendants, earrings, rings, and bracelets. Additionally, its organic origin and connection to the sea add an element of exotic appeal and natural elegance to any piece of jewelry.

Caring for abalone jewelry involves gentle cleaning and mindful storage. To clean, use a soft cloth and mild soapy water, gently wiping the surface to remove dirt and oils; avoid soaking the jewelry. Rinse with lukewarm water and dry thoroughly with a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid exposing abalone to harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, or prolonged sunlight, as these can damage its iridescent surface. Store abalone jewelry in a soft pouch or lined jewelry box, keeping it separate from other pieces to prevent scratches and preserving its natural luster.

Browse our collection of Abalone Jewelry and know that we photograph each item in house. The color of the abalone jewelry pieces online will be similar to the items you purchase.

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