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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 hasnít 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!

Vintage Blue Carved MOP Cabochons-14-15mm

Vintage Blue Carved MOP Cabochons-14-15mm (#24470)

$5/6 cabs
Sea Urchin Spines Beads Top Drilled - Small - Special Blowout Pricing!

Sea Urchin Spines Beads Top Drilled - Small - Special Blowout Pricing! (#21935)

$5.99/lot
Sea Urchin Spines Beads Top Drilled - Medium - Special Blowout Pricing!

Sea Urchin Spines Beads Top Drilled - Medium - Special Blowout Pricing! (#21934)

$5.99/lot
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AAA - White Lip Oyster Shell Graduated Dangling Teardrop Beads

AAA - White Lip Oyster Shell Graduated Dangling Teardrop Beads (#21361)

$27/16" strand
AAA - White Lip Oyster Shell Graduated Dangling Fan Beads

AAA - White Lip Oyster Shell Graduated Dangling Fan Beads (#21339)

$27/16" strand
Graduated Abalone Fan Beads

Graduated Abalone Fan Beads (#20230)

$45/16" strand
Abalone Cut-Out 5 Petal Flower  Beads

Abalone Cut-Out 5 Petal Flower Beads (#20229)

$42/16" strand
Abalone Cut-Out Cross Beads

Abalone Cut-Out Cross Beads (#20227)

$42/16" strand
Abalone Flat Disc Beads

Abalone Flat Disc Beads (#20226)

$15/16" strand
Dark MOP Oval Cut-Out Beads

Dark MOP Oval Cut-Out Beads (#20224)

$27/16" strand
Lustrous MOP Flat Oval Beads

Lustrous MOP Flat Oval Beads (#20223)

$21/16" strand
Itty Bitty Mother of Pearl Beads

Itty Bitty Mother of Pearl Beads (#19579)

$12/16" strand
Conch Shell Ring for Beading

Conch Shell Ring for Beading (#18183)

$4/each
Mother of Pearl Double Heart Carving Pendant

Mother of Pearl Double Heart Carving Pendant (#18182)

$8/each
White Mother of Pearl Knotted Carving - Beading

White Mother of Pearl Knotted Carving - Beading (#18181)

$10/pair
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Pink Mississippi River Shell Bead Sets

Pink Mississippi River Shell Bead Sets (#16594)

$14/set of 5 beads
Pretty in Pink Heart of Conch Shell Cross Sections

Pretty in Pink Heart of Conch Shell Cross Sections (#16593)

$36/16" strand
Criss-Cross Carved Pink Oyster Shell Pendant

Criss-Cross Carved Pink Oyster Shell Pendant (#16516)

$7.50/pendant
Mabe Pearl Encrusted Shell

Mabe Pearl Encrusted Shell (#16145)

$32/shell
Deep Purple Shell Beads Infused with a Pearl-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT!SPECIAL 30% OFF!

Deep Purple Shell Beads Infused with a Pearl-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT!SPECIAL 30% OFF! (#14777)

$5.50/16" strand net*
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Dark Fuchsia Shell Beads Infused with a  Pearl-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT! SPECIAL 30% OFF!

Dark Fuchsia Shell Beads Infused with a Pearl-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT! SPECIAL 30% OFF! (#14776)

$5.50/16" strand net*
Mother of Pearl Cocoa Shell Rondell Beads-Small

Mother of Pearl Cocoa Shell Rondell Beads-Small (#14491)

$16/16" strand
Domed Shell Cabochon - the smaller version

Domed Shell Cabochon - the smaller version (#13980)

$4/each
Domed Shell Cabochon - the larger version

Domed Shell Cabochon - the larger version (#13979)

$4/each
Cowrie Shell Beads

Cowrie Shell Beads (#13795)

$6.50/16" strand
Mother of Pearl Shell Donut Pair -2

Mother of Pearl Shell Donut Pair -2 (#10337)

$6.50/pair
Mother of Pearl Shell Faceted Disc Beads

Mother of Pearl Shell Faceted Disc Beads (#10330)

$24/16" strand
River Shell Oval Beads

River Shell Oval Beads (#10329)

$8/16" strand
River Shell Stacked Disc Beads

River Shell Stacked Disc Beads (#10328)

$8/16" strand
Mother of Pearl Shell Majestic Pendant

Mother of Pearl Shell Majestic Pendant (#9831)

$9/each
Abalone Shell Connector Beads - Yummy!

Abalone Shell Connector Beads - Yummy! (#9781)

$18/6
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Mother of Pearl Shell Sensational Square Beads-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT! SPECIAL 30% OFF!

Mother of Pearl Shell Sensational Square Beads-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT! SPECIAL 30% OFF! (#9774)

$25/16" strand net*
Conch Shell Free Form Cross Section Beads-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT!

Conch Shell Free Form Cross Section Beads-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT! (#9771)

$26/16" strand net*
Vintage Dobu Shell Rounds-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT!

Vintage Dobu Shell Rounds-CLOSEOUT BLOWOUT! (#9337)

$5/50 beads net*
Genuine Natural Pink Chonch Shell Donut

Genuine Natural Pink Chonch Shell Donut (#7636)

$10/each
Natural Mother of Pearl Unique Carved Pendant

Natural Mother of Pearl Unique Carved Pendant (#7576)

$16/each
Natural Mother of Pearl Circle of 3 Waves Pendant - Silver & White

Natural Mother of Pearl Circle of 3 Waves Pendant - Silver & White (#7574)

$15/each
Vintage Heart of Shell Cross Section Beads

Vintage Heart of Shell Cross Section Beads (#6833)

$4.75/lot of 36 beads net*
Natural Mother of Pearl Open Carved Swirl Pendant

Natural Mother of Pearl Open Carved Swirl Pendant (#6589)

$15/each
Natural Carved Douette Pendant

Natural Carved Douette Pendant (#6587)

$14/each
Rectangular Heart of Shell Beads

Rectangular Heart of Shell Beads (#5037)

$6/per 16" strand
Faceted Tiny Shell Tears

Faceted Tiny Shell Tears (#5005)

$10/16" strand
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