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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 the tumbled edges of African abalone shells. They are also called lips, spikes, or rims. They can be used in shell crafts and make perfect trim on mirrors.

The lips are priced by the gram. They come in 1 kilogram bags (approximately two-pound bags) but can also be sold in smaller quantities, i.e. 1/4 kilo, 1/2 kilo, or 3/4 kilo.

There are approximately 150 small pieces per kilo, 103 medium pieces per kilo, and 48 large pieces per kilo. Counts can vary considerably from one bag to the next. For example, we counted two random bags of small lips and found 76 pieces in one bag and 150 in another. While we don't sort bags by the piece, we can look for a bag with a larger piece count or small one if it makes a difference in your project. Just let us know.

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

Order Code Description Length Price
R-220-30-NA-S African Abalone Shell Lip:Natural:Small 2.0 - 4.0" (5 - 10 cm) Buy on
R-220-30-NA-M African Abalone Shell Lip:Natural:Medium 4.0 - 4.7" (10 - 12 cm)
R-220-30-NA-L African Abalone Shell Lip:Natural:Large 4.7"+ (12 cm+)
R-220-30-WH-S African Abalone Shell Lip:Creamy White:Small 2.0 - 4.0" (5 - 10 cm)
R-220-30-WH-M African Abalone Shell Lip:Creamy White:Medium 4.0 - 4.7" (10 - 12 cm)
R-220-30-WH-L African Abalone Shell Lip:Creamy White:Large 4.7"+ (12 cm+)
R-220-30-TQ-S African Abalone Shell Lip:Dyed Turquoise:Small 2.0 - 4.0" (5 - 10 cm)
R-220-30-TQ-M African Abalone Shell Lip:Dyed Turquoise:Medium 4.0 - 4.7" (10 - 12 cm)
R-220-30-TQ-L African Abalone Shell Lip:Dyed Turquoise:Large 4.7"+ (12 cm+)

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.

Our African abalone shells come from sustainable sources. The shells are a by-product of the food industry.

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

Product of South Africa

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