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Polished Paua Shell Pieces (Packaged)

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Paua is the species of abalone shell (Haliotis iris) found only in the cold waters of southern New Zealand. The coloring varies from shell to shell and has an amazing iridescence.  The pieces vary in size and shape. The back of each card gives a detailed description of the paua shell. 

The government of New Zealand strictly controls the harvesting of abalone for food.  The shells are a natural by-product.

There are many uses for the tumbled pieces.  They are great for inlay work.  They can be put in the bottom of an aquarium or fountain for decoration.  They can be used for jewelry.  Some pieces have the natural holes found on the edge of the shell and are nice on jewelry or leather bags.  You will need to drill the shell under water.  Do not breathe shell dust.  This is very hard on your lungs.

There are approximately 53 pieces per 150-g bag.

Order Code Description Average Size Range Price
R-271-50 Polished Paua Shell:50g bag (0.11 lbs.) 1/4" to 1" (6-25mm) Buy on
R-271-100 Polished Paua Shell:100g bag (0.22 lbs.) 3/4" to 1 1/4" (19-32mm)
R-271-150 Polished Paua Shell:150g bag (0.33 lbs.) 1" to 1 3/4" (25-45mm)

Genus and species: Haliotis iris

Paua is not an endangered species.

Product of New Zealand

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