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 pieces vary in size and shape. The
back of each card gives a detailed description of the paua shell.
The government of New Zealand strictly controls the
harvesting of abalone for food. The shells are a natural
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
There are approximately 53 pieces per 150-g bag.
||Average Size Range
||Polished Paua Shell:50g bag (0.11 lbs.)
||1/4" to 1" (6-25mm)
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||Polished Paua Shell:100g bag (0.22 lbs.)
||3/4" to 1 1/4" (19-32mm)
||Polished Paua Shell:150g bag (0.33 lbs.)
||1" to 1 3/4" (25-45mm)
Genus and species: Haliotis iris.
Paua is not an endangered species.
Product of New Zealand