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Mother of Pearl Shell/Abalone


The Large, Rare and Beautiful Abalone Bead Collection is Here!

First seen in artistic images of Buddha created in 300 A.D., the Abalone bead is one of the largest and rarest beads found. Usually located in the Pacific, between California and Alaska and as far away as Korea, Japan and Australia, the highly sought after Abalone shell bead comes from a primitive one-shelled mollusk.

Unlike most other Mother of Pearl Bead gems found in nature, the Mother of Pearl/ Abalone shell bead is very unique, unusually shaped and extremely rare. Why so rare when other Mother of Pearl Bead gems can be naturally or man-made?

The answer is also natural and man-made. First, the primitive Abalone Mollusk takes at least eight years to produce the Abalone shell bead. In addition, the Abalone is a fine sea-food favorite in many places. Therefore, it is fished and eaten at restaurants up and down the Pacific Coast. Typically, the Abalone Mollusk hasn’t had enough time to create its beautiful pearl.

Still, they are found. And A Grain of Sand brings them to you in these beautiful necklace and bracelet pieces. Browse our Abalone bead collection below and order today!

Freshwater Pearl and Carnelian  with Silver Tibetan Dangle Beads-25 x 10mm avg.  

Freshwater Pearl and Carnelian with Silver Tibetan Dangle Beads-25 x 10mm avg.

25 x 10mm average size, including silver bead caps. This is a freshwater pearl with a bead cap and a carnelian accent. Nice dangle! These beauties are handmade so they vary in color, size and the caps may vary in designs. Very limited!!!
$4/dangle bead
Sold out Item #22941


Sea Urchin Spines Beads Top Drilled - Small - Special Blowout Pricing!  

Sea Urchin Spines Beads Top Drilled - Small - Special Blowout Pricing!

Average size is under 2inches long. The dime in the image will give you a gauge in the size. These beads are from old vintage stock and came out of the famous A Grain of Sand bead hoard. They were originally from the Philippines and are all natural. You receive 50 grams of these beads that have been drilled at the top. That's approximately 60 per lot. They vary in shape and color. You may have seen these beads in ethnic jewelry designs. We noticed that they were used in the show Project Runway’s first season. They do make very interesting finished pieces.
$5.99/lot
Item #21935


Sea Urchin Spines Beads Top Drilled - Medium - Special Blowout Pricing!  

Sea Urchin Spines Beads Top Drilled - Medium - Special Blowout Pricing!

Average size is over 2-2.5inches long. The dime in the image will give you a gauge in the size. These beads are from old vintage stock and came out of the famous A Grain of Sand bead hoard. They were originally from the Philippines and are all natural. You receive 125 grams of these beads that have been drilled at the top. That's approximately 35 per lot. They vary in shape and color. You may have seen these beads in ethnic jewelry designs. We noticed that they were used in the show Project Runway’s first season. They do make very interesting finished pieces.
$5.99/lot
Item #21934


Sea Urchin Spines Beads Top Drilled - Large Special Blowout Pricing!  

Sea Urchin Spines Beads Top Drilled - Large Special Blowout Pricing!

Average size is over 3inches long. The dime in the image will give you a gauge in the size. These beads are from old vintage stock and came out of the famous A Grain of Sand bead hoard. They were originally from the Philippines and are all natural. You receive 125 grams of these beads that have been drilled at the top. That's approximately 25 per lot. They vary in shape and color. You may have seen these beads in ethnic jewelry designs. We noticed that they were used in the show Project Runway’s first season. They do make very interesting finished pieces.
$5.99/lot
Sold out Item #21933


AAA - White Lip Oyster Shell Graduated Dangling Teardrop Beads
AAA - White Lip Oyster Shell Graduated Dangling Teardrop Beads
Category: Shell Pearl Beads- Mother Of Pearl Shell/Abalone Beads
You receive a strand with graduated fan shell beads from 35mm to 26mm approximately. The strand is 16" long with bugle beads between the shell beads as shown in the image. These beads are AAA quality!
$27/16" strand Item #21361


AAA - White Lip Oyster Shell Graduated Dangling Fan Beads
AAA - White Lip Oyster Shell Graduated Dangling Fan Beads
Category: Shell Pearl Beads- Mother Of Pearl Shell/Abalone Beads
You receive a strand with graduated fan shell beads from 38mm to 26mm approximately. The strand is 16" long with bugle beads between the shell beads as shown in the image. These beads are AAA quality!
$27/16" strand Item #21339


Graduated Abalone Fan Beads  

Graduated Abalone Fan Beads

25-45mm. Graduated fan shaped abalone beads. These are biggies! Each strand is unique in it's variation of sizes.Spectacular luster!
$45/16" strand
Item #20230


Abalone Cut-Out 5 Petal Flower  Beads  

Abalone Cut-Out 5 Petal Flower Beads

24mm. Wonderful cut-out abalone beads in the shape of a 5 petal flower. Colorful and lustrous!
$42/16" strand
Item #20229


Abalone Cut-Out 4 Petal Flower Beads-LAST CHANCE!  

Abalone Cut-Out 4 Petal Flower Beads-LAST CHANCE!

20mm. Wonderful cut-out abalone beads in the shape of a a small 4 petal flower. Colorful and lustrous!
$42/16" strand net*
Item #20228


Abalone Cut-Out Cross Beads  

Abalone Cut-Out Cross Beads

19mm. Wonderful cut-out abalone beads in the shape of a cross. Colorful and lustrous!
$42/16" strand
Item #20227


Abalone Flat Disc Beads  

Abalone Flat Disc Beads

10mm. Cute and very versatile. So much color and luster in these abalone disc beads!
$15/16" strand
Item #20226


Dark MOP Oval Cut-Out Beads  

Dark MOP Oval Cut-Out Beads

26 x 19mm. These are cut-out dark Mother of Pearl oval beads. They are white to grey in the center and black on the edges. Very nice!
$27/16" strand
Item #20224


Lustrous MOP Flat Oval Beads  

Lustrous MOP Flat Oval Beads

20 x 10. These Mother of Pearls oval beads have such a beautiful luster. Don't miss out on them!
$21/16" strand
Item #20223


Itty Bitty Mother of Pearl Beads
Itty Bitty Mother of Pearl Beads
Category: Shell Pearl Beads- Mother Of Pearl Shell/Abalone Beads
2.5mm. These sweet beads have a very nice luster as well as this very rare, small size.
$12/16" strand Item #19579


Conch Shell Ring for Beading  

Conch Shell Ring for Beading

25mm round. These pieces are polished to perfection. Wonderful feel and great item for a pendant or connector within your design work. The colors vary from ring to ring so we took an image with a group of rings so you can see that there is a variety of colors. Sold individually.
$4/each
Item #18183


Mother of Pearl Double Heart Carving Pendant  

Mother of Pearl Double Heart Carving Pendant

27 x 40mm. This mother of pearl piece could be used as a pendant or connector. Unusual design. Great possibilities.
$8/each
Item #18182


White Mother of Pearl Knotted Carving - Beading  

White Mother of Pearl Knotted Carving - Beading

19 x 19mm. This is top quality hand carved white mother of pearl. Sold in pairs. Great to use as connectors within your beading projects. Light and airy!
$10/pair
Item #18181


Pink Mississippi River Shell Bead Sets  

Pink Mississippi River Shell Bead Sets

27 x 16mm-38 x 26mm. These bead sets are carved from Mississippi river shell. Each 5 piece set is unique in coloring, though all are a pretty shade of pink. What a great set of beads!
$14/set of 5 beads
Item #16594


Pretty in Pink Heart of Conch Shell Cross Sections
Pretty in Pink Heart of Conch Shell Cross Sections
Category: Shell Pearl Beads- Mother Of Pearl Shell/Abalone Beads
13 x 18mm. Edged in pink these beautiful heart of shell cross section beads are drilled side to side. Beach time!
$36/16" strand Item #16593


Criss-Cross Carved Pink Oyster Shell Pendant  

Criss-Cross Carved Pink Oyster Shell Pendant

45mm. These are carved pink oyster shell pendants. Each one is unique in coloring. Criss-cross carved on the front, they are smooth on the back and have a large square cut-out. Think how easy it would be to just run some cord or leather through these. What a great pendant!
$7.50/pendant
Item #16516


Hand Carved Mother of Pearl Leaves-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT!
Hand Carved Mother of Pearl Leaves-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT!
Category: Shell Pearl Beads- Mother Of Pearl Shell/Abalone Beads
10 x 18mm -16 x 26mm. Carved from mother of pearl, each of these strands is unique in the size and coloring of the leaves. The leaves are head drilled, side to side, through the stem. You are gonna love em! ORIGINALLY $28.00!!!!!
Sold out $22/16" strand net* Item #16436


Mabe Pearl Encrusted Shell  

Mabe Pearl Encrusted Shell

8 x 4 inches average size. These were an Alice pick at the Tucson show this year. Big beautiful shells encrusted with a mabe pearl. The luster on these is spectacular. We think these would make a great soap dish or accent piece. I would love to have one of these on my desk!
$32/shell
Item #16145


Deep Purple Shell Beads Infused with a Pearl-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT!
Deep Purple Shell Beads Infused with a Pearl-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT!
Category: Shell Pearl Beads- Mother Of Pearl Shell/Abalone Beads
18 x 8mm average size. Wow, these are really unique! Head drilled shell beads infused with a pearl. Beautiful color and lots of luster! Get them while you can! ORIGINALLY $8.00!!!!!
$5.50/16" strand net* Item #14777


Dark Fuchsia Shell Beads Infused with a  Pearl-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT!
Dark Fuchsia Shell Beads Infused with a Pearl-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT!
Category: Shell Pearl Beads- Mother Of Pearl Shell/Abalone Beads
20 x 8mm average size. Wow, these are really unique! Head drilled shell beads infused with a pearl. Beautiful color and lots of luster! Get them while you can! ORIGINALLY $8.00!!!!!!!
$5.50/16" strand net* Item #14776


Mother of Pearl Cocoa Shell Rondell Beads-Small
Mother of Pearl Cocoa Shell Rondell Beads-Small
Category: Shell Pearl Beads- Mother Of Pearl Shell/Abalone Beads
6mm. These little cuties are mother of pearl shell dyed a rich cocoa brown with some splattering of cream and gold. The color and luster is fantastic!
$16/16" strand Item #14491


Domed Shell Cabochon - the smaller version  

Domed Shell Cabochon - the smaller version

10 x 16mm average size. Size does vary a bit as each one has it’s own natural size and shape. These are very nice. No hole! The backside is shown to the right.
$4/each
Item #13980


Domed Shell Cabochon - the larger version  

Domed Shell Cabochon - the larger version

12 x 22mm average size. Size does vary a bit as each one has it’s own natural size and shape. These are very nice. No hole! The backside is shown to the right.
$4/each
Item #13979


Cowrie Shell Beads
Cowrie Shell Beads
Category: Shell Pearl Beads- Mother Of Pearl Shell/Abalone Beads
15 x 24mm average size. These are 16" strands of top drilled cowrie shells. Each shell is a pretty combination of ecru, blue/green, and yellow. Very lightweight! There are approximately 22 shells per strand. What a deal here!
$6.50/16" strand Item #13795


Mother of Pearl Long Drilled Teardrop Beads
Mother of Pearl Long Drilled Teardrop Beads
Category: Shell Pearl Beads- Mother Of Pearl Shell/Abalone Beads
6 x 20mm. These are mother of pearl long drilled teardrops. Natural sandy beige color. Really great price!
Sold out $6.50/16" strand Item #13586


Mother of Pearl Shell Donut Pair -2  

Mother of Pearl Shell Donut Pair -2

25-26mm round. Each piece has its own character or color variation. Beautiful. No two are exactly alike in color or size. Some have more opalescence than others. All are naturally beautiful.
$6.50/pair
Item #10337


Mother of Pearl Shell Faceted Disc Beads
Mother of Pearl Shell Faceted Disc Beads
Category: Shell Pearl Beads- Mother Of Pearl Shell/Abalone Beads
12 x 3.5mm.
$24/16" strand Item #10330


River Shell Oval Beads
River Shell Oval Beads
Category: Shell Pearl Beads- Mother Of Pearl Shell/Abalone Beads
8 x 10 x 5mm polished ovals.
$8/16" strand Item #10329


River Shell Stacked Disc Beads
River Shell Stacked Disc Beads
Category: Shell Pearl Beads- Mother Of Pearl Shell/Abalone Beads
10 x 3.5mm. Drilled so that they stack on an angle. Nice!
$8/16" strand Item #10328


Mother of Pearl Shell Majestic Pendant  

Mother of Pearl Shell Majestic Pendant

28 x 48mm. Beautifully carved on the front and flat on the back. The colors do vary as there are natural in color.
$9/each
Item #9831


Abalone Shell Connector Beads - Yummy!  

Abalone Shell Connector Beads - Yummy!

12 x 18mm. Outstanding for unique design opportunities. These are top quality abalone shell. Polished to perfection. We have some vintage Swarovski connectors in a variety of colors that have are similar in design that may make great companions to these. Let your imagination go wild!!!
$18/6
Item #9781


Mother of Pearl Shell Sensational Square Beads-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT!
Mother of Pearl Shell Sensational Square Beads-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT!
Category: Shell Pearl Beads- Mother Of Pearl Shell/Abalone Beads
24-26mm average size. These beads are top quality mother of pearl shell. Very white and beautifully lustrous. The open centers give many design possibilities. ORIGINALLY $36.00!!!!
$25/16" strand net* Item #9774


Conch Shell Free Form Cross Section Beads-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT!
Conch Shell Free Form Cross Section Beads-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT!
Category: Shell Pearl Beads- Mother Of Pearl Shell/Abalone Beads
35mm average size. Unique!!!!! Each piece is unique in colors as they are totally natural. some have more pink than others. Some have a little beige in them as well. All are naturally beautiful and have been hand picked for their quality in color variations. Many of you have heard that conch is an aphrodisiac. We just think it is beautiful. You never know who you may attract when wearing this beautiful shell. ORIGINALLY $33.00!!!!!
$26/16" strand net* Item #9771


Vintage Dobu Shell Rounds-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT!  

Vintage Dobu Shell Rounds-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT!

6mm. From Japan. Dobu shell was used for Ladie’s hair combs, knitting needles, fountain pens, and other items held close to the body because the shell had properties that make it feel warm and comfortable. It was immune to static charge. The shell material was scarce which makes it more expensive. ORIGINally 6.50!!!
$5/50 beads net*
Item #9337


Genuine Natural Pink Chonch Shell Donut  

Genuine Natural Pink Chonch Shell Donut

30mm round with 8mm central opening. This piece is highly polished. Each donut is unique in colors as they are totally natural. some have more pink than others. Some have a little beige in them as well. All are naturally beautiful and have been hand picked for their quality in color variations. Many of you have heard that conch is an aphrodisiac. We just think it is beautiful. You never know who you may attract when wearing this beautiful shell? We had a larger 40mm version that sold out last year & know you will enjoy this size as well.
$10/each
Item #7636


Natural Mother of Pearl Unique Carved Pendant  

Natural Mother of Pearl Unique Carved Pendant

appx size. 50 x 55mm. This is another of our wonderful top quality mother of pearl hand carved pendants. It is head-drilled front to back. Some have more silver than white. They are all beauties.
$16/each
Item #7576


Natural Mother of Pearl Circle of 3 Waves Pendant - Silver & White  

Natural Mother of Pearl Circle of 3 Waves Pendant - Silver & White

50mm. These are top quality mother of pearl. Primarily white with some silverish coloration. Each pendant is hand carved, unusual and gorgeous.
$15/each
Item #7574


Vintage Heart of Shell Cross Section Beads  

Vintage Heart of Shell Cross Section Beads

Sizes do vary - approximately 6-25mm diameter. Thicknesses really vary from bead to bead as well. Gotta have these old beauties. Came out of original packaging that says "Made in Taiwan Republic of China". The beads are drilled through the center of the spiral. Well made, unique & rare!!!! 
$4.75/lot of 36 beads net*
Item #6833


Natural Mother of Pearl Open Carved Swirl Pendant  

Natural Mother of Pearl Open Carved Swirl Pendant

55mm round. Simply scrumptous carved, open swired design. These are hand carved with some color variation in a white and silver toned to brown coloration. Oh my . . . . .get these while supplies last.
$15/each
Item #6589


Natural Carved Douette Pendant  

Natural Carved Douette Pendant

Approximately 47mm x 40mm. This natural pendant is hand carved. Each peice is uniquely beautiful. Colors vary a bit. They have some white and darker silver to brown coloration. Oh my, this one is nice.
$14/each
Item #6587


Rectangular Heart of Shell Beads
Rectangular Heart of Shell Beads
Category: Shell Pearl Beads- Mother Of Pearl Shell/Abalone Beads
appx 9 x 7mm. Very nice value here!
$6/per 16" strand Item #5037


Faceted Tiny Shell Tears
Faceted Tiny Shell Tears
Category: Shell Pearl Beads- Mother Of Pearl Shell/Abalone Beads
6 x 6 x 5mm. These are pretty small, but really nice. 5mm thick gives them alot of depth. Great price.
$10/16" strand Item #5005


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