Nacre-Lined Abalone Shell
Abalone sea snail shell, naturally lined with nacre (mother of pearl). The sea snail used the row of holes along the edge to breathe.
Because of its calcium carbonate molecular structure, the abalone shell has an amazing ability to absorb and disperse sustained impacts. The abalone has inspired human body armor.
These beautiful abalone shells are the size of my hand! Smooth, shimmery, iridescent inside contrasts with the rough, tough, drab outer shell.
Use it as a bowl, an ornament, or for ceremonies.