Looking through my jewellery I found I had other items that had originally been part of or produced by a living organism in the sea - a pendant made from abalone, coral earrings and a pearl necklace.
|My pendant made from abalone.|
|The inner layer of an abalone shell.|
This beautiful shell has long been used in jewellery as well as in other decorative items.
|Abalone nacre used to emulate the|
iridescence of a dragon flies wings
|The very skilled use of abalone nacre used|
as a decorative infill on this chinese table.
Over-fishing and poaching have reduced wild populations to such an extent that farmed abalone now supplies most of the abalone meat consumed.
Scientists have found a way to recreate artificial nacre, this has its uses in technology read more here.