Abalone Shells Gemstone Guide

Abalone Shells

Abalone shells are the shells of a group of sea snails or molluscs. The colourful and iridescent inside of abalone shells makes abalone a very attractive option for jewellery. Abalone is often set in sterling silver which complements the glistening colours of the shell. Abalone can be used in all sorts of jewellery including rings, necklaces and bracelets.


Abalone shell comes in a variety of different colours, from blue, green and black to pink and orange. The cutting and polishing of the shell reveals a unique and striking colourful display on each shell. No two pieces of abalone jewellery are the same.

Caring for abalone

Abalone shell is not very hard, on the Mohs scale it is only about 2.5, this means your abalone jewellery will scratch easily and you should therefore take extra care to protect from damage. Ensure to store out of direct sunlight to prevent fading. Every now and then you may wish to wash your abalone jewellery in warm water, but avoid using any harsh chemicals and this may effect the durability of the gemstone.

Sourcing abalone

Abalone is found worldwide. There are a number of abalone species, most are found in the cold waters of new Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, South America and the Caribbean.

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