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Abalone Beads

Both sides of our abalone beads are a gorgeous, iridescent rainbow of electric blues, greens, grays and pinks. The beautiful colors are outlined by undulating lines of dark brown.

16" strand
Was $18.35You save 20%
$14.68
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½ strand (loose)
Was $9.65You save 20%
$7.72
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16" strand
Was $24.75You save 20%
$19.80
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½ strand (loose)
Was $12.95You save 20%
$10.36
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Rusty Ocean Necklace

I LOVE the graduated fossil coral faceted rounds and was very intrigued when the red abalone...

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More About Abalone

Abalone are a group of mollusks (shellfish) with flattened, spiral-shaped shells that live clinging to rocks beneath the ocean’s surface. The innermost layer of abalone shell is composed of a substance called nacre, or mother-of-pearl, which is highly iridescent, making it ideal for use for decorative purposes. Nacre is also known for being exceptionally strong. It is made of microscopic tiles of calcium carbonate that are stacked like bricks. Between the layers of tiles is a sticky matrix made of organic polymers. When nacre is struck, the tiles slide rather than cracking and the polymer stretches to absorb the energy of the blow. Scientists at the University of California are studying the structure of nacre to gain insight into methods for producing stronger synthetic materials. The iridescent appearance of nacre is due to light bouncing between the layers of calcium carbonate.