Commercial grade wholesale pink abalone shells, Haliotis corrugata, having natural imperfections,are used as abalone smudge bowls and sage smudge bowls and measure between approximately 5 inches to 6-1/2 inches long. Pink abalone have a highly corrugated shell and because of this they have an alterate name, the corrugated abalone and are used as a smudging shell. The rough outer layer of the pink abalone has been polished exposing beautiful greens, silvers and undertones of blues in these shells. The highly iridescent inner layer of the shell of pink abalone has traditionally been used as a decorative item in jewelry, buttons, and as inlay in furniture, knife handles, and in musical instruments such as guitars, etc. The shell is also polished and sold for seashell decorating and used in shell crafts and making inlaid knife handles, tables and jewelry. Abalone is a marine snail commonly called ear shell, sea ear, and ormer. Abalones live in warm areas of the Pacific Ocean, in the Indian Ocean, and on Europe's coasts. There are about 100 species of abalones. The most common North American species are the black abalone, the green abalone, and the red abalone. They are found along the coast of California and Oregon. The abalone is harvested for its shell and edible foot from the ocean and from commercial farms that specialize in growing abalones. Abalones belong to the family Haliotidae.
Our natural pink abalone are commercial grade and will have imperfections from aging and living in the ocean. The larger the shell, the older it is and the more imperfections it will have. The backs of these abalones will have natural cuts, scrapes, indentations, and chipped edges. The interiors will have shades of silver, blues and greens. Some shipments of abalone will have a clear glaze on each shell.