The Eye of Buddha 15x25 hand carved Abalone bead
For gemstone collectors, jewellery designers, decoration, wire wrapping or just an amulet
Drilled, can be hanged as a pendant.
Few beads available in stock, so actual bead received may slightly differ from the picture shown.
British penny for size comparing only.
Abalone (from Spanish Abulón) are small to very large-sized edible sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Haliotidae and the genus Haliotis. Family Haliotidae has no subfamilies. Common names for abalones also include ear-shells, sea-ears and Venus's-ears, as well as muttonfish or muttonshells in Australia, ormer in Jersey and Guernsey, perlemoen in South Africa and paua in New Zealand.
The shells of abalones have a low and open spiral structure, and are characterized by several open respiratory pores in a row near the shell's outer edge. The thick inner layer of the shell is composed of nacre or mother-of-pearl, which in many species is highly iridescent, giving rise to a range of strong and changeable colors, which make the shells attractive to humans as decorative objects, and as a source of colorful mother-of-pearl.
ABALONE - is associated with healing, serenity, calmness, nobility, and honesty.
The Eye of Buddha - the big beads or round pendants hand carved from now extinct Giant Sea Snail, found in the depths of the Pacific Ocean. The Giant Sea Snail was sacred to Buddha. When the shells were carved a certain way, they revealed a gray / green spot, surrounded by the Mother of Pearl. This gave each bead the appearance of a gentle, protective eye, The Eye of Buddha.