For as long as abalone have been nourishing human appetites, their mother-of-pearl bearing shells have been used in ritual ceremonies to replenish our souls as well. Abalone are a type of mollusk, like clams and oysters, except inside their flat, one-sided, ear-shaped shells, abalone have tentacles and feet. These sea snails cling to rocks near to shore, and are often consumed by other marine species. The shell of abalone is extremely durable. Abalone jewelry, masks and decorative bowls have been used by many ancient cultures due to abalone meaning and properties. Abalone healing carries energies of protection and emotional balance. Abalone properties connect a being to their highest chakras.