Abalone shells are a great addition to your decor, and they are often incorporated into smudging practices as well. The reason for their use in smudging is to incorporate all earth elements; the abalone shell representing water, the herbs represent earth, when they are lit it represents fire and the smoke represents air. The abalone shell has a great vibration and is said to enhance peace, love and compassion. It can be soothing and of great use in times of emotional distress, when one is looking for relationship guidance or harmony in their life. It soothes the nerves, encourages compromise, communication and commitment.