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Galiotis Jewelry

What is Galiotis? Places of its catch and cultivation. Properties of abalone and mother-of-pearl shells. Use for making jewelry.

Galiotis is an edible sea clam. The demand for galliotis is great, both as a food product and as a source of decorative material. Beautiful jewelry and decorative items are made from its shells. Shells come in a variety of colors: red, black, green, and white.

Catch locations

Most often, galliotis is caught in the cold ocean waters of several regions, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and parts of the United States.

There are several countries that can be called hot spots for many species of galliotis. New Zealand and Australia provide about 25% of the world's supply of this mollusk. California in the United States, as well as South Africa, attract divers and treasure hunters looking for galiotis. But its catch is under strict control, as the population of the most popular white galliotis has sharply declined.


In the late 1950s, the first galliotis farms appeared in Japan and China. This initiative soon spread throughout the world. Including, galliotis is grown in the USA, Mexico, South Africa, Ireland and Iceland.

White galiotis

It is the most valuable of all varieties of galliotis, as its shell has a beautiful pattern of different pearl shades. White galliotis is found off the Channel Islands in California. Due to over-harvesting, this type of mollusk is threatened with extinction.


Due to its unique structure, the galliotis shell is very sturdy. Therefore, it makes durable jewelry that you can wear all your life. Scientists are even studying the composition of the haliotis shell, considering the possibility of creating protective armor for humans from this material.


Iridescent mother-of-pearl is a substance that gives the shell of a galiotis its beauty and jewelry value. Mother of pearl can be found in shells and other molluscs, including oysters, but mother of pearl is the most abundant in the shell of abalone.


Since then, as a person first took the galliotis in his hands and appreciated its beauty, this shiny shell has turned into a decorative material. The mother-of-pearl obtained from shells is used to make buttons, pendants and other jewelry. The shell of each type of galliotis has its own unique pattern and beauty.




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