Gemstone Guide

Abalone shell - Shine with the beauty of the sea

by A MITRUKA on May 07, 2023

Abalone shell - Shine with the beauty of the sea - Inspiring Jewellery


Abalone shells are made of calcium carbonate. The innermost layer is made of a specific type of calcium carbonate called nacre, or mother-of-pearl, widely used for jewelry and other decorative arts.


Most abalone, which is a type of shellfish, live in cold water. They can be found in New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Western North America, and Japan.
Abalone shells can vary from a few inches to seven inches in length. This means that jewelry coming from the body varies in size and shape.



Abalone shells are very strong because they are made of tiny calcium carbonate tiles stacked together with a sticky protein substance in between. However, breathing in the dust from broken tiles can make skin allergic and trigger asthma.
The colorful inside part of the abalone shell can be used for decorative inlays in guitars.
Abalone has unique features: the shell is round, with two to three spirals. The last spiral is grown into a large "ear"-like shape, which explains the name 'ear-shell.' The shell's inside is shiny, from silvery white to green-red mother-of-pearl.
The abalone has a soft body and a big, strong foot with tentacles on the outside called epipodium. The epipodium is covered with tentacles of different colors and patterns that are different for each abalone species. The abalone also has a mantle that makes its shell and a head.



Healing Properties: Soothing, calming, and peaceful; relieve anxiety, stress, and insomnia; promote compassion and love; strengthen bones and teeth.


The Benefits and Healing Properties of Abalone

  • Emotional Balance and Motivation. Since abalone gradually develops in the ocean, it's associated with the emotional tides we face.
  • Anxiety Relief.
  • Sensitivity and Self-Awareness.
  • Relief from Muscular Problems.
  • Proper Digestion.
  • Immunity Boost.
  • Better Relationships.


The abalone symbolizes water in many cultures because it represents calmness and tranquility that can protect us from the chaos of life. In addition, the abalone stone reminds us that we are all unique and can help us tolerate imperfections in ourselves and others in our relationships.
The abalone has lived its entire life surrounded by the peaceful sound of ocean waves. Some people believe that this calming energy can pass to the person who wears the abalone shell.
This gemstone can represent feminine energy and empowerment. It can help calm the mind and relax the spirit, as well as improve our ability to express our emotions clearly.


An Abalone shell is not a modern birthstone.

Abalone is a May birthstone.


Abalone shell jewelry is a type of jewelry that is made from the shell of an abalone, a sea snail. The abalone shell is highly valued for its iridescent and colorful appearance, which can range from shades of blue, green, and purple to pink, red, and yellow.

Abalone shell jewelry can come in many different forms, such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. The shell can be used in its natural state or cut and polished into various shapes and sizes. The shell can also be combined with other materials, such as metal or gemstones, to create unique and beautiful jewelry pieces.



Considering its rarity, beautiful color, and its universal appeal, it can be a perfect jewelry gift for her, a birthday gift, a Christmas gift, Valentine’s gift, or a gift for mom or friend.

The abalone stone is an amazing gift. The Maori people think that wearing the abalone shell can bring good luck, peace, and prosperity. For someone who loves water, the abalone shell can be a meaningful reminder of the sea.

The abalone shell is commonly used for jewelry and gifts.

Abalone shell rings: Bali Abalone Shell Inlay Cobblestone Cocktail Ring

Abalone shell rings by inspiring jewellery

Abalone shell earrings: Sterling Silver Abalone Shell LEAF Earring

abalone shell earrings by inspiring jewellery

Abalone shell pendant: Bali Handmade ABALONE PAUA Shell Pendant in Sterling Silver

abalone shell pendant by inspiring jewellery


 Inspiring Jewellery offers genuine Abalone shell jewellery at great value. Please visit our website for more details.


To clean abalone shells, use muriatic acid to remove barnacles and then scrape them off with a chisel and wire brush. To make abalone jewelry shine and highlight its natural colors, use a jewelry cloth to polish it.

Cleaning of Abalone Shell Jewellery:

If you don't have a special jewelry polishing cloth, you can use a soft cloth like flannel or microfiber to polish your jewelry. Don't use paper towels or tissues because they have fibers that can scratch the silver.

Preventative care of Abalone Jewellery:

  • Direct sunlight can cause fading, and the luster might get lost. 
  • Avoid getting hairspray or perfume on the shell, as this might mark it.
  • Abalone pieces should be kept from direct sunlight because their colors can fade.