Wholesale ruff back rainbow abalone shells for smudge bowls, commercial grade with natural imperfections and some have a clear coating, of the Haliotidae family from 6 inches to 6-3/4 inches long. Rainbow abalone shells are used as abalone smudging shells and sage smudge bowls. These abalone shells come in mixed colors of reds and greens and vary greatly from solid greens, mostly red and a mixture of both red and green.
All of our abalone are commercial grade and will have natural imperfections. The exterior of the shells will be rough and have scars and natural cuts, holes small indentations, chips on the edges, and tiny holes. The larger the shell, the older it is and it will have more imperfections from aging and living in the oceans. The interiors have pearly shades of blues, greens and silver.
The highly iridescent inner layer of the shell of abalone has traditionally been used as a decorative item in jewelry, buttons, and as inlay in furniture 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. The shell is ear-shaped and has a row of three to nine small holes near one edge. It grows to a length of more than 12 inches . The shell is lined with an iridescent, pearl-like layer and is used to make mother-of-pearl buttons The abalone has a broad foot with which it attaches itself to submerged rocks. It feeds on algae and seaweed. 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.