An abalone is a very large sea snail. Abalones are a different shape to most snails - they have a wide, flat shell. You can still see the spiral shape in their shell. Abalones are caught and eaten as food, and their shells are used to make jewellery.
Rare Large Crystal Opal Mintabie, South Australia, Australia The opal deposits of Mintabie have long been depleted with no new production emerging. The present example was set aside many years ago by the miner who could not bear to part with it earlier. Simply contour polished to reveal its beauty, a vibrant electric green blue pinpoint play-of-color are seen to dance across the surface. Such a notable piece would, no doubt, create a fine pendant.
Amethyst Carving of a Kitten Alfred Zimmerman Idar-Oberstein, Germany Depicting a kitten grooming his leg, carved from a single large crystal of fine transparent violet amethyst, realistically textured to suggest the fur. Weighing approximately 1135 carats. Length 3 1/4 in