Paua Abalone is a unique species of abalone found only in New Zealand’s environmentally pure coastal waters. The interior shell is extremely colorful and exhibits opalescent blues, rich greens, and luminous fiery flashes. Often used for jewelry, woodworkers and other craft artists are now using this exquisite material as inlay in their projects. Our chips range in size from 5 – 15mm; 2 ounces contain a few hundred pieces in various shapes.
On the Mohs Hardness Scale, Paua Abalone has a hardness of 2.5 and is easily sanded using silicon carbine (carborundum) or aluminum oxide (corundum) sand paper, which has a hardness of 9.0. It is durable and provides an excellent surface to polish and/or finish.
Note that these products are made from nature: there may be variations in color and minor impurities which add to the overall natural aesthetic.
We ship outside of the U.S.!
Easy Inlay imports New Zealand’s Paua under U.S. Fish & Wildlife Permit #A14662
Large, 2 ounces contain about a hundred pieces in various shapes
Medium, 2 ounces contain a few hundred pieces in various shapes
Small, 2 ounces contains hundreds of pieces in various shapes (while supplies last)
Mohs Hardness Scale
Mohs scale of mineral hardness is named after the scientist, Friedrich Mohs, who invented a scale of hardness based on the ability of one mineral to scratch another. Rocks are made up of one or more minerals.
According to the scale, Talc is the softest: it can be scratched by all other materials. Gypsum is harder: it can scratch talc but not calcite, which is even harder. The hardness of a mineral is mainly controlled by the strength of the bonding between the atoms and partly by the size of the atoms. It is a measure of the resistance of the mineral to scratching.
"Mohs scale of mineral hardness." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 12 Jun 2017, 12:47 UTC.
26 Sep 2017, 18:25