Abalone: (ab-a-LONE-ee) The richly colored interior of a mollusk shell; it's lesser colored counter part is known as mother-of-pearl.
I recently did a commission using abalone. I had never used it before but I am so pleased with the way it looks! It literally goes with EVERYTHING! The iridescent colors seem to change to match with what ever color you put next to it. And if it doesn't match it contrasts beautifully! I never would have thought that I would like working with shell so much, but I think it is definitely what to wear this summer!