Many of the larger, more impressive species of abalone have become scarce in the past few decades, with their populations getting severely decimated by commercial fishing. This is specially true for the Californian abalones, which used to be abundant in the 60s, and now some species such as cracherodii and sorenseni are listed as endangered. Therefore most of the shells that reach the market come from old stocks that tend to dwindle, as years pass, and the populations of these animals do not seem to recover.

With such beautiful shells, it is hard to imagine how could somebody just eat the animal and then discard the shell! The fact is that most shells are badly worn and eroded due to the rough habitat. Offered here are some superb specimen quality examples, that were carefully diver picked.

Haliotis kamtschatkana assimilis Dall, W.H., 1878

114.5mm, 98.5mm, 81.9mm. Baja California, Mexico.

F++/G-. A superb set of medium-sized examples, these show a nice, wide range of colors: The largest shell is solid green, turning into a nice orange towards the lip and dorsal pores. The second shell is vivid blue-green in the base, with some faint orange straks that produce also green areas. The dorsal pores are highlighted with a little red. The smaller shell is solid engine red, with a few contrasting green flammules. This is a very aesthetic set, selected among many.

Price: SOLD

Haliotis kamtschatkana assimilis Dall, W.H., 1878

142.5mm. Baja California, Mexico.

F+. An outstanding giant assimilis, exhibitinig the most desired color form for this gorgeous species: Blue-green, with a contrasting broad orange spieral band. This also has unusual lilac treads adding to the stunning dorsal rainbow. The only flaw is a worm hole that is pretty ovious in the underside, where there is a dark area. Already the best piece I have seen.


Haliotis fulgens Philippi, R.A., 1845

156mm. Baja California, Mexico.

F+/++, just a little natural roughness to the lip. Absolutely superb fulgens, with pearly interior and perfectly formed, uneroded dorsum. The coloration on this specimen is really outstanding: Dark green, brown and blue-green background, with a beautiful white and turquoise tent pattern. This species might be common, but this is one among hundreds!


Haliotis midae Linnaeus, 1758

130mm. East London, RSA.

F+. An uncommon South African endemic. This species is much appreciated as food. It was never abundant, but now the remaining populations are seriously threatened. This and the fact that almost all shells are in very poor condition due to the harsh currents, make this specimen outstanding: The finely lamellated, dark red dorsum - a defining feature-  is mostly intact.

Price: 70.00 usd.

Haliotis rufescens Swainson, 1822

183mm. California, USA.

F+. This Western North American species is probably the largest, heaviest species of abalone, capable of reaching an astounding 30cms. This particular shell comes from an old collection, with no precise data; it was commercially harvested. Despite this, it has a decent size and a good overall condition, with a dorsum that has only minor blemishes.

Price: 40.00 usd.