; Mostly soft matt pink “flesh tones” with occasional subtle
colours and “rippling”. Small pieces only.
; Predominantly reddish/pink background with irregular subtle
green iridescent swirls. Large size blanks are often available in Red Abalone
although bigger pieces will often show some evidence of “bark” material at the
RED ABALONE SELECT
; As above but with intense colouring & strong “contour
lines” usually in a “Bull’s Eye” type pattern. Only a small percentage of the
shell qualifies for this category.
RED ABALONE “HEART
”; Typically reddish background with intense green/black
mottling. Superb & dramatic, only a small percentage of the shell qualifies as
“Heart” and accordingly it commands a premium price.
pale green background with intense swirls of colour and irregular line patterns.
A much smaller and more curved shell than Red Abalone, blanks are accordingly
GREEN ABALONE “HEART
”; Pale green background with intense green/black mottling.
Often even more dramatic than Red Abalone “Heart”.
RIPPLED GREEN ABALONE
; Uniformly pale but with a strong, wavy grain like
rippled or “Fiddle Back” Maple.
NEW ZEALAND PAUA
; Considered by many to be the most beautiful of the Abalone
shells with especially intense blues & greens. Shells are usually small & thin
& prone to boring parasites. For this reason Paua is most often converted into
Shell Laminate sheet & strip. Solid shell is however available in all its natural
glory in the form of dot markers.
; A beautiful “creamy” coloured shell, often with a strong ripple,
& subtle pastel colourings. Small sizes only.
PLEASE NOTE; Each of our shell blanks has 90% or more usable surface area. Occasionally
bark or parasite boring holes are evident in the reverse side but the “face” side
will be 90%+ usable material.