These beautiful shells are known in Maori as paua shells also known as Abalone shells. These shells are are by product of the seafood industry as the abalone meat is harvested for consumtion. They are just too beautiful to be thrown away! These shells have a beautiful irredesent shine on the inside and hard, white barcnicle like apperance on the outside. The rough outside can be sanded away to reveal the same as the inside. These shells are often used in jewllery and make the most perfect natural bowl. They make a fantatic gift and kids are just enamered with the magical shine! The listing is for one (1) shell only and the picture displayed in the listing is for display purpsoes only. The actual shell you recieve may be slightly different from the picture and as alway with natural products they may have defects.