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Paua Shell Pieces

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 lighting in the photo above does not do justice to the array of colors found in these pieces. The pieces vary in size and shape and come from shells that have been tumbled to a natural, satin, or high gloss finish. Please note that there will be some degree of broken or chipped shells. If you only need a small quantity, our Packaged Paua Shells may be an alternative.

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.

Order Code Description Size Price per pound
R-565-TPNU Paua Shell Pieces:Natural:Unsorted 20-80 mm (~0.79-3.15") US$51.00
       
R-565-TPSU Paua Shell Pieces:Satin:Unsorted 20-80 mm (~0.79-3.15") US$70.50
R-565-TPSXF Paua Shell Pieces:Satin:Extra-Fine 2-5 mm (~0.08-0.20") US$111.00
R-565-TPSF Paua Shell Pieces:Satin:Fine 5-15 mm (~0.20-0.59") US$90.75
R-565-TPSS Paua Shell Pieces:Satin:Small 15-25 mm (~0.59-0.98") US$90.75
R-565-TPSM Paua Shell Pieces:Satin:Medium 25-40 mm (~0.98-1.57") US$90.75
R-565-TPSL Paua Shell Pieces:Satin:Large 40-65 mm (~1.57-2.56") US$90.75
R-565-TPSXL Paua Shell Pieces:Satin:Extra-Large 60+ mm (~2.36"+) US$90.75
R-565-TPDU-SK Paua Shell Pieces:Satin:Spikes 1- 4" long, 1/8-1/4" diameter US$92.00
R-565-TPDU-FN Paua Shell Pieces:Satin:Fans 1-3" long, 1/2-1" wide US$92.00 
R-565-TPDU-PP Paua Shell Pieces:Satin:Premium 2-4" US$118.00
       
R-565-TPGDS Paua Shell Pieces:Gloss:Drilled:Small <10 mm (~<0.4") US$192.00
R-565-TPGDM Paua Shell Pieces:Gloss:Drilled:Medium 10-15 mm (~0.39-0.59") US$141.75
R-565-TPGDL Paua Shell Pieces:Gloss:Drilled:Large 15-25 mm (~0.59-0.98") US$121.50

Natural Pieces - These are tumbled pieces without the polished (satin) finish.  They have a more rustic look.

Satin Finish Pieces - These are tumbled to a polished finish. They are available in assorted sizes.  The satin finish pieces are good quality shell pieces that tend to be thicker than the gloss finish shells.  They are processed with cream and corn grit.

Spikes - Edge pieces that are about 1/8 to 1/4" (0.32-0.64 cm) in diameter and are anywhere from 1" to about 4" long (2.5-10 cm). In a random sample, we had 142 pieces in one pound (giving an average cost of US$0.65 each). These are tumbled with a polished finish.

Fans - Edge pieces similar to the spikes, but have part of the thinner main body shell pieces extending from the spike.  Sizes range from 1" to 3" (2.5-7.6 cm) long and usually part of the piece will be 1/2" to 1" wide (1.3-2.5 cm). In a random sample, we had 61 pieces in one pound (giving an average cost of US$1.51 each). These are tumbled with a polished finish.

Premium - These are larger pieces, usually 2" to 4" (5-10 cm) from the main body of the shell and have larger patches of coloration.  In a random sample, we had 53 pieces in one pound (giving an average cost of US$2.23 each). These are tumbled with a polished finish.

Gloss Finish Drilled Pieces - These are tumbled to a high gloss finish and each piece is drilled with a hole at the top.  They are processed using hydrochloric acid and the pieces tend to be flatter and thinner than the satin finish pieces.

Shipping Notes and Quality Issues

1) You do not have to order a full pound of tumbled pieces, but can order 1/4 pound, 1/2 pound or 3/4 pound if desired.

2) Please note that we are offering tumbled pieces of paua. Some pieces will be very nicely tumbled and polished. Some will have rougher edges. Some quantity will have chips or be broken. We are not selling the paua as flawless, individually packaged pieces. We have many satisfied customers for this grade of paua. If, however, you are not pleased with what you received, please call us and send back 100% of the shell; we cannot accept partial returns on this product. We do not allow customers to high-grade or cherry-pick the pieces and send the rest back. If you have any questions, please call us or write us.

Genus and species: Haliotis iris. Wild.

USFWS export permit is required for all shipments outside the USA.

Paua are not an endangered species and are not subject to CITES controls. 

Product of New Zealand

Natural Tumbled Paua Shells

These are tumbled pieces without the polished (satin) finish.  They have a more rustic look.

Natural Unsorted

Order Code: R-565-TPNU

Size: 20-80 mm (~0.79-3.15")

One pound of Unsorted Natural shell is shown on the right.

Satin Finish Tumbled Paua Shells

These are tumbled to a polished finish. They are available in assorted sizes.

Satin Unsorted

Order Code: R-565-TPSU

Size: 20-80 mm (~0.79-3.15")

See a size comparison with a quarter

One pound of unsorted Satin shell is shown on the right.

Satin X-Fine

Order Code: R-565-TPSXF

Size: 2-5 mm (~0.08-0.20")

See a size comparison with a quarter

One pound of Extra Fine Satin shell is shown on the right.

Satin Fine

Order Code: R-565-TPSF

Size: 5-15 mm (~0.20-0.59")

See a size comparison with a quarter

One pound of Fine Satin shell is shown on the right.

Satin Small

Order Code: R-565-TPSS

Size: 15-25 mm (~0.59-0.98")

One pound of Small Satin shell is shown on the right.

Satin Medium

Order Code: R-565-TPSM

Size: 25-40 mm (~0.98-1.57")

One pound of Medium Satin shell is shown on the right.

Satin Large

Order Code: R-565-TPSL

Size: 40-65 mm (~1.57-2.56")

One pound of Large Satin shell is shown on the right.

Satin X-Large

Order Code: R-565-TPSXL

Size: 60+ mm (~2.36"+)

One pound of Extra Large Satin shell is shown on the right.

Satin Spikes

Order Code: R-565-TPDU-SK

Size: 1- 4" long, 1/8-1/4" diameter

Edge pieces that are about 1/8 to 1/4" (0.32-0.64 cm) in diameter and are anywhere from 1" to about 4" long (2.5-10 cm). In a random sample, we had 142 pieces in one pound (giving an average cost of US$0.65 each). These are tumbled with a polished finish.

Satin Fans

Order Code: R-565-TPDU-FN

Size: 1-3" long, 1/2-1" wide

Edge pieces similar to the spikes, but have part of the thinner main body shell pieces extending from the spike.  Sizes range from 1" to 3" (2.5-7.6 cm) long and usually part of the piece will be 1/2" to 1" wide (1.3-2.5 cm). In a random sample, we had 61 pieces in one pound (giving an average cost of US$1.51 each). These are tumbled with a polished finish.

Satin Premium

Order Code: R-565-TPDU-PP

Size: 2-4"

These are larger pieces, usually 2" to 4" (5-10 cm) from the main body of the shell and have larger patches of coloration.  In a random sample, we had 53 pieces in one pound (giving an average cost of US$2.23 each). These are tumbled with a polished finish.

Gloss Finish Tumbled Paua Shells

These are tumbled to a high gloss finish and each piece is drilled with a hole at the top.

Gloss Small

Order Code: R-565-TPGDS

Size: <10 mm (~<0.4")

See a size comparison with a quarter

One pound of Small Drilled Gloss shell is shown on the right.

Gloss Medium

Order Code: R-565-TPGDM

Size: 10-15 mm (~0.39-0.59")

See a size comparison with a quarter

One pound of Medium Drilled Gloss shell is shown on the right.

Gloss Large

Order Code: R-565-TPGDL

Size: 15-25 mm (~0.59-0.98")

One pound of Large Drilled Gloss shell is shown on the right.

Related Products

Please see our full listing of Paua Shell Products.

We also offer Packaged Paua Shell Pieces.