High Quality Abalone Shell Calibrated 10x20mm Tear Drop Cabochons (Package of 3 Cabochons)
Top Quality, High Polish, Domed Cabochon with Flat Back
Abalone: You may have heard of abalone before and it is sometimes mistaken for a stone. However, the abalone that looks and functions as a gemstone is not crystalline, it is actually the shell of a marine snail, or more specifically it refers to the various species of small to very large marine gastropod mollusks.
The inside of the shell is very thick, and in many of the species it appears as an attractive scintillating opalescent layer, known as nacre. It is highly iridescent and is widely used for decorative purposes as mother-of-pearl.