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Polished African Abalone Shells

See a size comparison of the polished natural African abalone shells with a soda can and a quarter

Left: Polished African abalone shells, Natural
Right: Polished African abalone shell, Dyed Copper

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 can be used as beautiful decorative pieces or as inlay on rifle stocks, knives, and other items. Abalone shells are also often used for smudging ceremonies by the Native Americans in the United States and Canada.  

The large abalone shells are about 5.5 to 6.0" (14 - 15 cm) long, and the medium shells are about 4" to 4.25” to the inner lip and 4.25" to 4.5” to the outer lip. Please note that these are natural products so the sizes will vary.

Order Code Description Size Price
CR-220-20-CP-M African Abalone Shells:Polished:Dyed Copper:Medium 5.0 - 5.5" (13 - 14 cm) C$34.99
CR-220-20-M African Abalone Shells:Polished:Natural:Medium 5.0 - 5.5" (13 - 14 cm) C$32.99
CR-220-20-L African Abalone Shells:Polished:Natural:Large 5.5 - 6.0" (14 - 15 cm) C$35.99

Genus and species: Haliotis midae. Wild.

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. 

Product of South Africa

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