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Mexican Abalone Shells


See a comparison of the Mexican Green and the Mexican Red with a soda can.

Left: Mexican Green 4"-5"
Middle: Mexican Red 4"-5"
Right: Mexican Green Pieces (half-pound). See a half-pound bag with a soda can.

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Abalone shells are often used for smudging ceremonies by the Native Americans in the United States and Canada. 

These abalone shells have been cleaned, bleached, and treated in muriatic acid and/or dipped in a light coating of resin. The outside of the shell is clean, but still rough. They are not recommended for use in food consumption. The sizes have been obtained by measuring the longest side of the shell with a flat ruler. We weighed a random 5"-6" abalone shell as 4 oz., and a group of four 5"-6" as 1 lb.

Order Code Description Price
R-221-23R Mexican Abalone Shell:Red:2-3" Buy on
R-221-34R Mexican Abalone Shell:Red:3-4"
R-221-45R Mexican Abalone Shell:Red:4-5"
R-221-56R Mexican Abalone Shell:Red:5-6" (limited supply)
R-221-34G Mexican Abalone Shell:Green:3-4"
R-221-45G Mexican Abalone Shell:Green:4-5"
R-221-56G Mexican Abalone Shell:Green:5-6"
R-221-67G Mexican Abalone Shell:Green:6-7"
R-221-78G Mexican Abalone Shell:Green:7-8"
R-221-BC Mexican Abalone Shell:Broken/Chipped Buy on

Genus and species of Red Mexican Abalone: Haliotis rufescens, ranch.

The Red Mexican Abalone shells are not for sale in California, Oregon, or Washington State.

Genus and species of Green Mexican Abalone: Haliotis fulgens, wild.

When exported from the USA, Mexican abalone shells are subject to USFWS export processing fees at overseas rates, not at NAFTA rates as one would think.

Product of Mexico

African vs. Mexican Abalone Shells

The cleaning and edging of the African shells is far superior to what we have seen from the Mexican shells.  Often, the Mexican shells are varnished as well.  From what I have seen lately, I much prefer the African shells to the Mexican ones.  For the polished shells, there is not much difference in quality.  Click HERE for the African abalone shells.

International Trade in Abalone Shells

We can offer large volume shipments of African abalone shells.  Please call Paul Crosby at +1.416.232.0376 or write to for more information.

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