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African Abalone Shells

Left: Polished Natural Small, Medium, and Large. See a size comparison to a quarter and a soda can.

Middle: Polished Natural Red Small, Medium, and Large. See a size comparison to a quarter and a soda can.

Right: Polished Dyed Copper Medium. See a size comparison to a quarter and a soda can.

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Abalone shells are often used for smudging ceremonies by the Native Americans in the United States and Canada.  

The polished abalone shells have been highly polished to a beautiful sheen inside and out.  It takes about four hours to polish one shell.  These are beautiful decorative pieces or they can be used for inlay on rifle stocks, knives, and other items. Each shell weighs between 0.14 to 0.42 lbs. We measured the widths of two medium dyed copper shells and they were 4" to 4.25” to the inner lip and 4.25" to 4.5” to the outer lip.  These are natural products so the size will vary.

Our Gxx codes denote individual pieces. If you would like to order a specific XL shell, please go to our Gallery to pick the exact one shown. 

Order Code Description Length Price
R-220-20-S African Abalone Shell:Polished:Natural:Small 4.0 - 5.0" (10 - 13 cm)
R-220-20-M African Abalone Shell:Polished:Natural:Medium 5.0 - 5.5" (13 - 14 cm)
R-220-20-L African Abalone Shell:Polished:Natural:Large 5.5 - 6.0" (14 - 15 cm)
R-220-20-XL-Gxx African Abalone Shell:Polished:X-Large:Gallery 6.5 - 7.5"
R-220-20-NR-S African Abalone Shell:Polished:Natural Red:Small 4.0 - 5.0" (10 - 13 cm)
R-220-20-NR-M African Abalone Shell:Polished:Natural Red:Medium 5.0 - 5.5" (13 - 14 cm)
R-220-20-NR-L African Abalone Shell:Polished:Natural Red:Large 5.5 - 6.0" (14 - 15 cm)
R-220-20-CP-M African Abalone Shell:Polished:Dyed Copper:Medium 5.0 - 5.5" (13 - 14 cm)
R-220-20-57B African Abalone Shell:Polished:Chipped or Broken  

Genus and species: Haliotis midae.
Shells that are 5.5" and larger are Wild. Smaller than 5.5" shells are Ranch-raised.

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 (5.5" 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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