Abalone is a type of sea snail that exists on the eastern coasts of Asia and the western shores of America. The abalone shell has been used for hundreds and even thousands of years as currency and as ornaments worn by men, women, and children alike because abalone shells are sources of both beauty and strength. In 1667 in Salem Massachusetts, Abalones were deemed acceptable to be traded for 90% silver coinage to be used at all retail stores including taverns ” subject to inspection” Abalone is known as a master healer, and abalone shell has been used to promote healing of the mind, body, and spirit.
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The abalone shell is similar in appearance to our own skulls; both have a hard outer layer with a softer inner layer. The abalone shell is comprised of nacre, which makes up an abalone’s protective coating against predators such as sea otters or starfish looking for a quick meal . This type of calcium carbonate remains “porous” so that it can absorb water abalones also use calcium carbonate to produce their pearls which are formed by a secretions from the abalone that contains an irritant The abalone shell is rich in elements such as magnesium, iron, and manganese; all of these elements provide strength and hardness for abalones
When you touch abalone it feels smooth, shiny and cool because the abalone absorbs heat faster than most other materials. In cultures around the world abalones have been used as charms for many purposes including healing, fertility, power, strength, and love In China abalones are seen as symbols of great wealth; they have been used for thousands of years to create jewelry and remain highly valued today
The abalone shell is also known by many other names including sea ears or ear shells because these creatures have an auditory nature that is very similar to human beings abalones can hear from a distance of up to 16 inches away with the help of moveable ear flaps that act like a parabolic reflectors abalones are able to hear sound so well because their ears are placed at an angle of 45 degrees, which is different from the standard placement of most human and animal ears abalones also have very clear vision, but no eyesight as all abalones see through touch or vibrations and not by sight