Abalones gained popularity due to their shape resembling the Chinese yuanbao. In Ancient China, the yuanbao was used as currency and was handcrafted, often by local goldsmiths. Today, Abalone is a delicacy prepared for auspicious times of celebration while symbolizing prosperity.
Aside from being a delicacy in Asian countries, Abalone is also a delicacy in parts of Latin America, France, and New Zealand. While the visual significance of Abalone might not resonate with these countries, Abalone is still celebrated as a delicacy.