* Any SMUDGE STICKS IN THE PHOTOS are NOT INCLUDED - they are for an indication of size, and are available separately.
Available in a range of sizes, with this smaller 8-10cm shell being palm-sized (not suitable for a tripod stand). Being a smaller shell, the colouring will not be as vivid as some of the larger sized shells. Product of Mexico.
Natural abalone shells (known in NZ as 'paua') have been traditionally used in the ritual of smudging as a bowl to catch spent ash, as well as a celebration of their beauty, a gift from mother earth. The inner shell is lined with iridescent 'nacre', or mother of pearl, which is created as a lining by the abalone mollusc - this is what gives them their beautiful colouring and unique textures. Typically, the larger the shell, the more vivid the colour (larger shells also have a rougher rear side). When using as a smudging bowl, try lining with a layer of sand or earth to insulate the shell from heat.
PLEASE NOTE: Our Abalone Shells may occasionally have a slight layer of yellow-tinted protective coating over the mother of pearl.
NOTE RE SIZE: Being natural products every shell is different and will vary in size, shape, colouring, patterning and texture. We provide a shell that fits within the range quoted above, however yours will be unique in its own special way.