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All of our shells are
imported from the Philippines as a byproduct of the food
This means that we do not harvest the ocean for shells, nor
do we endorse such practices.
Shells are durable but they do need protection from dirt,
excessive moisture, and direct sunlight.
Shells are as diverse and beautiful as any manmade products.
We hope you and your customers enjoy the bounty of nature!
(as written by our vendor - Amati)
more commonly known as the Turtle
The limpet is a small,
cone shaped animal.
They are vegetarian and found in great
numbers all around the world on rocks.
They make a shallow hole in a rock with they're hard shell
and acidic secretions.
Many varieties wander about the rocks at night but return to
their original site at dawn.
Brown Pen Shell
It is commonly found along the shores of
East Africa to Polynesia.
This shell is black and triangular. It can be up to
approximately 16 inches long.
It is one of the pen shells, which are known for being thin,
yet strong and live buried in the sand and muddy bottoms.
commonly known as the Penguin Wing Oyster
or the Brownlip Oyster for its
lustrous brown finish.
This is one of the winged oysters.
is part of a large family of
tropical dwelling oysters with a mother of pearl interior.
These oysters are usually found
attached to rocks or wharves.
Some can even produce a gem
This is one of our
most popular shells and is paired with the turbo sarmaticus with fabulous results.
nautilus are widely recognized shells
with a distinctive spiral shape
that is an exact
A cross section of the shell displays
the variouschambers used by the animal.
The largest chamber at the front of the shell is where the
while the chambers behind are used for buoyancy
nautilus can rise to the surface of the ocean
or sink to the bottom.
The outer layer of the nautilus is a
matte white with tan markings near the inner spiral.
this layer is removed, the nautilus is a striking white with
iridescent rainbows of color.
At the center of the nautilus, the shell is a pearlescent
blue-gray color ovoid in shape.
When used in boxes and jewelry, it is called the osmena
Donkey Ear Abalone
also referred to as Pearl Abalone or
from the same family as the polished
this abalone is found abundantly in shallow
waters in the South West Pacific.
Although the outer layer has a variety of colors,
shell where the animal lives is a
uniform ivory color with high iridescence.
produces cream to gold-colored
South Sea pearls.
Gold-lip oysters can be found in the Indo-Pacific waters off
shore as much as 30 meters.
Used in many inlay applications for it's distinctive range
Green Argy Polished (turbo)
See Turbo Argystoma below.
For this item, the
characteristically green shell is highly polished,
but not dyed in any manner.
For certain items, like the
green argy boxes, the argy is slightly polished,
but for texture, the ridges are left largely intact.
Green Argy Turbo Banded
See Turbo Argystoma below.
After polishing, the green outer
layer is removed in a spiral pattern,
roughly following the path of the animal's home inside the
This shell allows your customers to see the variety of
finishes available from even one shell!
Mother of Pearl
The iridescent substance that forms the lining of the shells
some fresh-water and some salt-water mollusks.
pearl it is a secretion of the mantle, composed of alternate
layers of calcium carbonate
and conchiolin (a protein
substance that is the organic basis of mollusk shells).
Note the root word, conch, which many find familiarly in
Among the chief sources are the pearl oyster, found in warm
and tropical seas, chiefly in Asia;
the fresh-water pearl mussel, which lives in many rivers of
the United States and Europe;
and the abalone of California, Japan, and other Pacific
Pecten Palluim Pair
or the Royal Cloak Scallop. Like a
clamshell, the pecten shell is actually
two halves called valves.
Each side is structured and
Many scallops can swim by snapping their valves.
Cloak scallop is quite common,
and the animal is edible.
From the family Pectinidae, this
is a large and poplar grouping of shells highly prized in
shell collections both amateur and professional.
Like the Green Argy, the pecten is used to great effect in
boxes and frames,
leaving much of the original texture of the shell to enhance
Polished Paua Shell
more commonly know as the Paua or Rainbow
It can be found along the shores
of New Zealand and the Philippines.
The outside of the shell
is rough and dull,
while the inside is a beautiful blend of colors.
that lives inside this shell is black and it is the
foot of the animal that is edible and marketed in many
The shell is most commonly used in jewelry as well as inlays
in such items as furniture and guitars.
The word paua is actually Maori (a tribe in New Zealand) for
Abalone shells belong to the family Haliotidae and are
nicknamed sea ears for their oval shape.
Because of the beauty of this shell and its relative
thinness, paua shell tends to be more expensive.
Tiger Cowry Purple Top
commonly know as the Tiger Cowry. It feeds
on polyps on coral reefs.
It is most commonly found under the coral rocks in the
and also around
the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
The exterior of the
shell is smooth and polished
because of the covering that the animal has,
mantle, that wraps around the entire shell.
enough, some cultures see cowry shells as a symbol of
fertility and are often
offered to a bride as a gift to
The outer shell is brown and black
spotted, similar to a tiger,
but the purple resides in a lower layer.
To reach the purple of the shell, they are dipped into an
Tiger cowries are also used in
carvings like cameos due to this uniform color under the
Trocha Spiral Cut
commonly known as Commercial Trochus.
These shells are generally used for
They belong to the family of Calliostoma
Tops and are common around the world.
For this item, a channel is cut into the side of the
polished shell allowing visual access
to the inside
of the shell. It is striking piece for display.
See Trochous Niloticus below.
Here the outer layer of the
shell has been removed and polished.
This shell is also stunning when used in jewelry and inlaid
commonly known as the Silver-mouth Turban.
It belongs in the family of Turban Shells,
a large family of top-shaped snails.
There are several
most of which are vegetarians.
This particular species grows
to approximately 3 inches.
To give this shell its pearly appearance the outer layer is
the iridescent under layer is
then polished to give it its lustrous appearance.
commonly known as the South African
It is found on the shores of
South Africa and the Philippines.
This particular species
grows to approximately 3 inches.
When polished, as this one is, it is a favorite of
Interesting to note is that if you order escargot on an
island you are likely to be getting the turban snail.
from the family Pinnidae, these shells are
large, fan-shaped, fragile and translucent.
In fact, they are so fragile, they lie buried in mud and
anchored by a tuft of fine fibers called
byssal threads which are secreted by glands in the foot.
Byssal threads were once harvested and woven into fabric so
strong and pliable,
scarf could be rolled into a ball the size of a walnut.
Sharp edged valves projecting from the outer surface of the
shells has earned
this shell the name Razor Clam.
Younger individuals are found closer to the surface, but all
are found in warmer waters.
Young pen has a mottled pattern similar to tortoise shell.
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