New Zealand Abalone (Pāua) Shells

Manufacturers of high-end products reshape our iridescent shells to share the oceans’ beauty across fashion, architecture, and industrial design. Luméa Whole Shells come in different species from oceans around the world, presented in two forms; Natural and Polished.




Firstly the natural exterior lime is removed, revealing the patterns on the shells outer side, then both exterior and interior are polished to smooth the surface and enhance the vibrant rainbow of colours. This polished shell can also be coated with a lacquer to further enhance the iridescence and colouring.



Unpolished exterior and minimally-cleaned interior. The Natural finish for Luméa New Zealand Abalone Whole Shells preserves the organic lime coating on the back, and the inside retains its original colourful lustre.


For customers who value the natural shape of this shell, this minimally processed option can be left as it is, added to unique design creations or alternatively, processed further into pieces. When polished, the colours glisten and change in shifting light.

Most commonly further processed into thin, narrow strips for making veneers or smaller pieces for components such as jewellery parts. The natural lime coating on the back shows the shell in its harvested state and keeps the shell protected on its journey around the world. This can be easily removed to reveal the best natural colours and patterns.


Standard 100 - 140 mm (3.94" - 5.51")
Trophy 140 - 165 mm (5.51" - 6.50" )

Various sizes 125 - 170 mm (4.92" - 6.69")


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 acheive 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.

Tell us about your project...

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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