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Contemporary abalone shell beads and pendants made in the Philippines also often feature inlay and mosaic work.

Species native to California coastal waters produce beautiful blue- and green-hued iridescent nacre.Their shells were traded near the Pacific Ocean and then trekked by foot far inland, to the deserts and high plateaus of the Southwest in pre-Columbian times.There the Anasazi and other Native American artisans cut abalone shell into thin disk beads and geometric pendants, and crafted inlaid and mosaic ornaments combining shell with other precious materials, such as jet and turquoise.We are continuously adding to the Dictionary, so check back often.To search for keywords in Dictionary headings, enter the word (singular will pull more results) in the Search box at the top right of this screen.

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