New Zealand Abalone Shell Palm Wood Inlay 12mm Round

16.00 Grams
  • New Zealand Abalone Shell Palm Wood Inlay 12mm Round
  • New Zealand Abalone Shell Palm Wood Inlay 12mm Round


  • Approximate beads per strand: 19
  • Origin: New Zealand
  • What is it: Abalone are a group of small to large marine snails with mother of pearl on the inside. Mother of pearl, also known as Nacre, is an organic and inorganic material produced by select mollusks as an inner shell layer, it also makes up the colorful, iridescent outer coating of pearls. 
  • Wood: Palm wood or coconut timber is a hardwood-substitute from coconut palm trees. It is referred to in the Philippines as coconut lumber, or coco lumber, and elsewhere additionally as cocowood. The beads are very smooth and polished to allow them to retain their natural appearance. Wood beads look great with a wide variety of metals, gemstones, shell, and other natural materials. Used often in Mala and traditional jewelry.
  • History: Throughout history, some cultures placed very little value on pearls and instead placed value on the luminescent mother-of-pearl shells. Before the 19th century, Japanese shell divers would often toss pearls when found. It is said that Polynesian children used pearls as marbles. In the Americas, Abalone was eaten and the shell used as inlay on carved objects made of wood, ivory, and bone.
  • Metaphysical Properties: Mother of pearl is said to be a protection stone, by bringing the gentle healing power of the sea. It is believed to be a stress relieving stone as well as relaxing, soothing, and calming. Mother of Pearl encourages imagination, sensitivity, and adaptability.
  • Because gemstones are natural materials, appearances may vary from bead to bead.
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Additional Information

By the strand
Multi Color
Hole Size:
Palm Wood
Approx. Strand Length:
8 inches
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