Abalone is a unique type of snail that lives in the ocean. It comes from the family of Haliotidae. It’s common name, abalone, comes from the Spanish term aulon or aulone.
The first nations peoples of the North West Coast have used the abalone shell as food and trading currency and to this day it is used as a smudge bowl to burn sage in and in jewelry making.
Different continents and countries have their own names for the abalone. They are called sea ears, ear shell, muttonshell in Australia, ormer in the UK, perlemoen in Afrika and paua in New Zealand.
Overfishing and poaching have reduced wild populations to such an extent that farmed abalone now supplies most of the abalone used, becoming a more sustainable option.
Abalone is believed to have healing energies of protection and emotional balance.
Jewelry containing abalone should be removed when showering. Avoid contact with soaps and chemicals, including polish, as can dull the appearance of abalone.