Abalone are a type of mollusk, like clams and oysters, except inside their flat, one-sided, ear-shaped shells, abalone have tentacles and feet. These sea snails cling to rocks near the shore and are often consumed by other marine species.
The shell of abalone is extremely durable. Microscopic calcium carbonate stack like bricks stuck together by a layer of protein. The protein absorbs blows to the shell, while the brick formation of the calcium carbonate keeps the shells from shattering.
Tribes native to the North American west coast used abalone shells as currency. Today in South Africa, abalone is still highly sought after, and their shells, which are known to have an especially colorful iridescence, are very valuable.
Abalone combines ideas of serenity and strength in equal measure, as you will discover in welcoming it into your life. However, because of its remarkable natural sheen, it has been held in the same regard as many precious gems since ancient times and has been respected and treasured the world over.
If you believe in the psychic powers of ancient organic gemstones, the abalone stone has much to offer.
It can stimulate psychic development such as intuition. It can improve your ability to express your emotions with clarity. This can encourage cooperation with those around you at work and in your personal life.
Perhaps your work or family life is stressful at the moment. The shell gemstone will attract tranquility and clarity of mind.
Many swear by its ability to help us work through emotional situations, be they now or things that happened far in our past.
The chakras linked to the shell of abalone are the third eye, the crown, and the heart. These are areas linked to intuition, that harmonize with the intuitive properties attached to the shell of the abalone.