Abalone Earrings - Multiple designs

Abalone Earrings – Multiple designs


These exquisite earrings are handcrafted by Bethlehem’s local artisans according to the age-old Palestinian tradition of carving Mother of Pearl.

Note: Due to the nature of mother of pearl the product may differ slightly from the picture posted.

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The vibrant colors of these earrings lets you think of the beauty of God’s creation.

What is Mother-of-Pearl Abalone? Abalone shells are composed of layers of nacre, or mother-of-pearl. The best mother-of-pearl shimmers with iridescent colors much like black opal. A single piece may have red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple intermingling and shifting as you move it under a lamp.

The making of jewellery and decorative items from Mother of Pearl is perhaps Bethlehem’s oldest and most established industry. The practice supposedly came to Bethlehem in the 15th century with the arrival of Franciscan friars. Locals soon mastered the art and made a modest living selling handmade items to the many pilgrims who streamed into Bethlehem. Traditionally, the sea shells and abalone were brought in from the Port of Aqaba on the Red Sea. However, now they are imported from Australia, California, New Zealand, and Brazil. Palestinian Christians, particularly the Zoughbi family in Bethlehem, have often received international recognition for their mastery of this art form.

Additional information

Weight 0.90 kg
Dimensions 3.3 × 1.8 cm


The Bethlehem Bible College Gift Shop wants to improve God’s kingdom in Bethlehem by supporting the local Christian community through:


Partnering with local craftsmen, artisans, and non-profit organizations.


Sharing their stories with other Christians around the world.


Giving all our proceeds to provide scholarships at Bethlehem Bible College.


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