What is a Abalone Shell?
Abalone shells have many names: Haliotis Iris, Paua Shells, Nacre, Mother-of-Pearl, Aulon, and Sea ear.
It is found in several distinct places and cultures around the world, which explains its many names, coming from several languages.
No two Abalone shells are the same.
ABALONE IS A SEA MOLLUSK.
Abalone is a variety of mollusks or sea snails with feet and tentacles. Its ear-shaped shells are made up of microscopic pieces of calcium carbonate, stacked one on top of the other.
Each of these brick-like layers has a clingy protein material between them. This adds to the strength of the abalone shell.
There are over a hundred varieties of abalone worldwide.
Generally found in cold, coastal waters such as those of New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, the West of North America, and Japan
Abalone shells are often used in smudging rituals, not only because they are practical in that they catch the hot cinders that fall away from the smudging stick after it has burnt, but also because they are a beautiful gift straight from Mother Earth’s Ocean.
Abalone shells are a thick seashell which shimmers with the gorgeous iridescent colors of mother-of-pearl.
They hold the energy of the ocean and bring a strong calming and healing energy, allowing you to remain connected to the sea - even when you are landlocked.