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African Abalone Shell Lips

Left: Natural Abalone Lips. See a size comparison to a quarter and a ruler: Small, Medium, and Large.

Middle: Creamy White Abalone Lips. See a size comparison to a quarter and a ruler: Small, Medium, and Large.

Right: Dyed Turquoise Abalone Lips. See a size comparison to a quarter and a ruler: Small, Medium, and Large.

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These are African abalone edge lips. Shell lips are the outer edge of the abalone shell. They have been tumbled a little bit to give them a nice finish. There are approximately 213 small pieces per kilo, 99 medium pieces per kilo, and 98 large pieces per kilo.

The creamy white shell lips are either treated with hydrogen peroxide or bleached.

Order Code Description Length Price per Kilo (2.2 lbs)
R-220-30-S African Abalone Shell Lip:Natural:Small 2.0 - 4.0" (5 - 10 cm) US$123.00
R-220-30-M African Abalone Shell Lip:Natural:Medium 4.0 - 4.7" (10 - 12 cm) US$123.00
R-220-30-L African Abalone Shell Lip:Natural:Large 4.7"+ (12 cm+) US$123.00
R-220-30-WH-S African Abalone Shell Lip:Creamy White:Small 2.0 - 4.0" (5 - 10 cm) US$145.00
R-220-30-WH-M African Abalone Shell Lip:Creamy White:Medium 4.0 - 4.7" (10 - 12 cm) US$145.00
R-220-30-WH-L African Abalone Shell Lip:Creamy White:Large 4.7"+ (12 cm+) US$145.00
R-220-30-TQ-S African Abalone Shell Lip:Dyed Turquoise:Small 2.0 - 4.0" (5 - 10 cm) US$145.00
R-220-30-TQ-M African Abalone Shell Lip:Dyed Turquoise:Medium 4.0 - 4.7" (10 - 12 cm) US$145.00
R-220-30-TQ-L African Abalone Shell Lip:Dyed Turquoise:Large 4.7"+ (12 cm+) US$145.00

Genus and species: Haliotis midae.

This particular species of abalone was 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.

The larger shells (4" and larger) are generally from wild stock found in the ocean.  These shells were harvested legally by commercial canning operations in South Africa.  Because of over harvesting and rampant poaching, the wild stocks are under threat.  The smaller shells are almost all from commercial aquaculture operations and are a renewable resource that is not under any threat.

USFWS export permit is required for all shipments outside the USA.

Product of South Africa

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