Abalone shell is just gorgeous! I fell in love with it many years ago for the simple reason that it is incredibly colorful and iridescent. It has every color of the ocean and many times the natural variations look like the waves swirling and crashing, just magnificent. From the outside this shell looks boring and colorless but once you open it and polish the outer layer off the colors explode into view.
Abalone is the shell from a snail and is fished with many restrictions here in the US in parts of California, because it is considered an endangered species. It is fished and farmed all over the world and is prized for its meat and its shell.
The shell is made of calcium carbonate. Over time the mollusk secretes the layers to make the thick shell. It is these secretions that make the color variations and shine. There are also pink, black, white and green abalone but these are considered off limits to fishing in the US.
Abalone is said to enhance peace, compassion, and love. It helps in difficult emotional times with gentle warm vibrations. Soothes the nerves and encourages calm. Kindness, self love and an open mind.
Abalone is a really beautiful shell and it's hard to not fall in love with it when you see it.
I hope you enjoyed today's shell! Have a peaceful Day!
Information procured from the Smithsonian Rock and Gem book, Love is in the Earth by Melody and Wikepedia.com
I am a self taught jewelry artist and designer. My blog is the door to all the new things I learn, the stones I use and love, the pieces I created and the events I participate in as well as my thoughts and ramblings along this journey. I hope you enjoy the ride with me.