ABALONE is a quite a large mollusk (in the same family as mussels and clams) that can be found off the coast of California. The meat from the thick heavy 'foot' of the abalone can be eaten and enjoyed by many. However, to most people the abalone is more well known for its shell. They come in red, black and green and are about 8 inches when fully grown. We found ours, a red one, many years ago dumped with others on the pier at Catalina Island about 30 miles across the channel from Long Beach. Divers had obviously been harvesting them for their meat and discarded the shells. I think there are restrictions on harvesting them today.
The outside of the shell is not very attractive, but the inside, when the meat is removed the shell is
made up of an iridescent inner coating that can range from white to pink, red, purple green and blue.
The shell is often used for making jewelry and buttons or it is used as Mother of Pearl. These are some of the pieces I have collected over the years. Inexpensive but quite attractive. The shell from Australia is also known as puau and from what I have seen, their colors are of deeper hues and make very pretty pieces of jewelry.
My shell sits on a shelf and contains quite a few white pebbles, all carefully collected from the beach at the South Landing at Flamborough, East Yorkshire. I sat there one afternoon scrabbling among the pebbles, all of them white by the way, picking out the smallest and prettiest shapes I could find, to carry home with me to California as a keepsake of my years of living in Flamborough.
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