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The abalone shell has been coveted for centuries for its iridescent glimmer and natural decorative patterns. Early civilizations all around the globe showcased the shell for its ornamental beauty — from the Native Americans of the United States to the Maori of New Zealand.
The one-piece abalone shell, which is round or oval, sometimes resembles a flat ear shape, leading to abalone's nickname "ear-shell." There are about one hundred different abalone varieties, including the exquisite paua shell, which has a bluish tint and hails from New Zealand. Abalone is a member of the same mollusk family that includes clams, oysters and mussels.
It is believed that abalone shell aids in creativity and strengthens the heart by cleansing fear, sorrow and negative energies.
A true treasure of the sea, abalone shell adds a mystical beauty to jewelry designs. Visit the Ross-Simons' web site often to browse our entire collection of abalone rings, earrings, abalone necklaces and bracelets.
Abalone shell comes in a range of shades including blue, green, black — even pink and red. For use in jewelry, each abalone shell is cut and polished to reveal a striking color display. Abalone shell is most often featured in sterling silver jewelry designs, such as rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
The majority of abalone is found off the coasts of southern Australia and Africa, northern Japan and western North America. The paua variety is only found in the waters near New Zealand.
Abalone shell is on the softer side, (2.5 on the Mohs scale), and should be protected from scratches and hard blows. Clean your abalone rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces with warm water when needed. Store your abalone shell jewelry out of direct sunlight to prevent fading, in your Ross-Simons presentation box.