Natural Exotics

International Merchants of Exotic Natural Products since 1992


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Product of MEXICO
Genus and species: Haliotis rufescens. Ranch.
Material Type:
Sea or Freshwater Shells
Please read the Note about Stock Types
Price: $8.79 per shell
    Order Code: 221-34RP (B7)
    Availability: In Stock
    Usually ships In 1 to 5 business days
    Availability Note: If we are Out of Stock or do not have enough of an item, please call or email us to confirm! Online quantities do not include merchandise that just arrived or may be enroute. If currently not available, we can also add you to our wish list to be notified when available.


    Abalone shells are often used for smudging ceremonies by the Native Americans in the United States and Canada.

    These abalone shells have been cleaned, bleached, and treated in muriatic acid and/or dipped in a light coating of resin. The outside of the shell is clean and polished. They are not recommended for use in food consumption.

    The sizes have been obtained by measuring the longest side of the shell.

    Not for sale in California, Oregon, or Washington State.

    When exported from the USA, Mexican abalone shells are subject to USFWS export processing fees at overseas rates, not at NAFTA rates as one would think.

    African vs. Mexican Abalone Shells

    The cleaning and edging of the African shells is far superior to what we have seen from the Mexican shells. Often, the Mexican shells are varnished as well. From what I have seen lately, I much prefer the African shells to the Mexican ones. For the polished shells, there is not much difference in quality.

    International Trade in Abalone Shells

    We can offer large volume shipments of African abalone shells. Please call Paul Crosby at +1.416.232.0376 or write to for more information.