These abalone shell buttons are made from Midas Abalone
(Haliotis midae) in South Africa. The shells are a by-product of the food
industry. This shell is also referred to as Midas Ear abalone or
The abalone shell
buttons are about 1/16" in thickness. One of the advantages of
the midas abalone is that the shells are thicker and result in less
breakage than some other shell buttons, such as paua.
|| Abalone Shell Buttons:12.5 mm (0.5")
|| Abalone Shell Buttons:20 mm (0.78")
Abalone Shell Buttons:25 mm (1")
Abalone Shell Buttons:38 mm (1.5")
|| Abalone Shell Buttons:50 mm (2")
|| Abalone Shell Buttons:60 mm (2.36")
|| Abalone Shell Buttons:71 mm (2.8")
and species: Haliotis midae. Wild.
particular species of abalone was recently placed under CITES III trade
controls by South Africa in May 2007. In June 2010, the South African government removed the CITES status on this shell. No CITES permits are required any longer.
These buttons are made from
shells that are a by-product of the food industry.
Made in South