More properly called a Haliotis Fulgens, this is a truly beautiful polished shell. The thick inner layer is composed of nacre, a layer made by some molluscs, known as mother of pearl, and also the material that pearls are made of. This is highly iridescent, creating a range of strong, changeable colours. Plus, the perforations make this an ideal soap dish.
Fascinating fact - the shell of the abalone is so strong that they have been studied by scientists around the world for insight into creating stronger products, such as body armour. Well, we think it's fascinating...
This shell measures 14.5cm long by 11.5cm wide. With specimen shells such as this one you will receive the shell photographed.