New Zealand Abalone (Pāua) Shell Pieces


Ocean Tumbled

Ocean Tumbled

Like the small pieces of shell washed up on beaches, Luméa Ocean Tumbled Shell Pieces are formed by a similar ocean tumbling process. The edges are smoothed and lime on the back of the abalone shell is naturally removed, in a process involving only water, shells and movement, the vibrant blue nacre is revealed.



A re purposed material, Luméa New Zealand Abalone Shell Chip utilises off-cuts from jewellery and button manufacturing, breaking this material down into small, rough edged, pieces that can be used in terrazzo aggregate mixes. The natural luminescent particles bring a subtle sparkle and flashes of colour to your surfaces.


Shell pieces are a versatile product best used indoors. When used outdoors, the shell may dry out from the sun and the colour might fade over time unless protected. Scatter them over aggregate floors or bench tops to add splashes of iridescent colour, create tactile interior furnishings, or polish and craft into baroque style jewellery.

For customers who value the natural sparkle of shell, this minimally processed option looks great scattered across polished concrete floors, and added to bench top and tile aggregate mixes. It can be used indoors without a coating, or outdoors and in swimming pools if a coating is applied to help seal water and provide protection from the suns UV rays.


Extra Fines 2-5 mm (0.08" - 0.20")
Fines 5-15 mm (0.20" - 0.50")
Small 15-25 mm (0.50" - 0.98")
Medium 25-40 mm (0.98" - 1.57")
Large 40-60 mm (1.57" - 2.36")
Extra Large 60 mm + (2.36" +)

0.5mm (0.02")
1.0mm (0.04")
2.0mm (0.08")
4.0mm (0.16")
6.0mm (0.24")


Shell is a natural product with a variety of factors that affect appearance. Your screen settings also affect the experience of the colours and appearance. Therefore, there is no guarantee it will be possible to achieve the exact appearance as what you see on this website. Certain characteristics of our products may be altered depending on storage conditions or their use in combination with other ingredients. This is beyond our control and we strongly recommend contacting us directly with specific enquiries and testing prior to use.

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Your project is unique, so we provide personalised advice before delivering worldwide from our studio in New Zealand.

Luméa products are made from natural shell with a variety of factors that affect form and function. If you can’t find the right product from within our range, then talk to us about our custom design service. We love to experiment and collaborate with our partners to create unique solutions.


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