If you need a special selection of items for a particular purpose, just email us your requirements!
Antiques restoration may require matching a particular missing shell to repair a priceless old lamp, frame or cabinet inlay. We may be able to supply exactly what you need - so just email us with images and description of the item you seek.
ART / ARTS & CRAFTS
We supply many artists around the world with seashells - they are used in collages, art framing, as life drawing models - artists use shells and starfish in countless ways and the options are limitless. Talk to us about your projects or special requests - see examples on our Seashell Art Pinterest Board
Some items we keep specially for Arts & Crafts Use, i.e. Polished round MOP discs (various sizes) in Paua Abalone, Black (Tahitian) Pearl Shell, Goldlip Pearl Shell, etc. We offer Polished Rose/bronze Oyster Wings and inexpensive whole polished 2nd Grade shells that are great for cutting, carving, inlay or mosaic material, including Polished Paua, Polished Green Abalone, Polished White Abalone and Polished Astraea Shells.
If you already have a design in mind, please email us a description or image along with the mirror size, so we can help you find the right shells to order for your project.
See some superb examples (some of which we helped create) on our Seashell Mirrors Pinterest Board
SHELLS FOR KIDS!
Some seashells are more suited than others for children (less fragile, more robust). Consider these options: Polished Chocolate Conch, Red Helmet, Tiger Cowrie, Polished Green Turbo, Arabica Cowrie, Polished African Turbo, Egg Cowrie - see also our FAQ info.
Are you looking for just one special very large Feature Shell? Have a particular giant Shell in mind for your interior design project? We can offer beautiful XXL sized Syrinx, Polished Nautilus and Natural Nautilus, Giant Helmet, Giant White Murex, Giant Spider Shell - plus some quite enormous local Australian Bailer Shells. Usually we will have several beautiful XXL sized Shells available in our warehouse. As each one is unique, we can't list them individually online - but all you have to do is ask! Send us an email..
JEWELLERY / FASHION
If you’re a jeweller looking for tiny, minutely detailed real seashells for casting models, we can carefully hand-select a small batch - chosen for perfect sculpture. We are custom-selecting various types of seashells for several jewellers around the world on a regular basis and can also supply shells in graduated sizes for fashion embroidery and dressmaking. See some examples on Facebook and our Seashell Style Pinterest Board
You have a lovely seashell display and are looking for something special to add? We have a substantial collectors department, where all items are graded for condition and listed by their scientific name. If you're not sure of the scientific name of the shell you seek, you can always contact us to see if we can help you find it. Send us an image of what you seek! Also consider looking at our Decorator Seashells and Starfish - although un-graded, many of the items we offer in this category are selected for beauty and suitable for even the most sophisticated display.
SEASHELLS FOR COOKING / FOOD PRESENTATION
Many chefs around the world are using seashells for food prep, gratins, baking, and (naturally!) for decoration / food presentation. We've supplied seashells of various types to some famous chefs and restaurants around Australia. Perhaps most frequently ordered Seashells for food use (as dipping bowls, for appetizers, presentation, etc.) are the various Decorator Scallop Shells and our range of Abalone Shells in various sizes. However, the decorative applications are unlimited... See also our FAQ info on how to prepare shells for cooking / food use.
SEASHELLS FOR PETS - PET HERMIT CRABS & AQUARIUM FISH
Some Decorator Seashells are better suited for fish tanks and hermit crabs than others - we frequently supply custom selected Shells to pet owners.
HERMIT CRAB SHELLS
Choose from pre-selected Mixes which contain specially selected Seashells in the maximum variety available - with wide O-shaped or D-shaped apertures that hermit crabs are frequently inhabiting in the wild (i. e. Turbo Shells, Tun Shells, Moon Snails, Pheasant Shells, various Landsnails, etc..). We only select shells well suited for this purpose (no holes or major damage / not too heavy). All are natural, untreated, clean and pretty Shells that are currently available in in the following units / ordering options (not incl. GST):
Hermit Crab STANDARD MIX: 10 Standard Shells, sized approx. 2.5-4cm (outside measurement) in diameter, variable species, $ 18.00
Hermit Crab MEDIUM MIX: 5 Medium Shells, sized approx. 4-6cm (outside measurement) in diameter, variable species, $ 15.00
Hermit Crab LARGE MIX: 5 Large Shells, sized over 6cm (outside measurement) in diameter, variable species, $ 18.00
Hermit Crab ALL SIZE MIX: 5 STANDARD, 4 MEDIUM, 3 LARGE Shells, size range 2.5 - 10cm, variable species, $ 30.00 (discount buying option)
Please note that shell sizes reflect the max. outside measurements of each shell. However, aperture sizes do vary and some STANDARD / MED size shells may have a comparatively large sized aperture. If you know what aperture size and shape (or shell type) you are looking for, please simply tell us when you order, so that we can select accordingly. While the pre-selected Mixes generally are well accepted by Hermit Crabs, you may prefer to order 'a la carte' for your animal. We can't select particular shell types for the pre-selected maximum-variety Mixes, but you can always head over to the Decorator Shell catalogue to select from all available Seashells instead - or type "CRAB" into the search field (at the top of every page) for our recommendations. Note that many shells are available in different sizes!
SEASHELLS FOR AQUARIUM USE
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SEASHELLS FOR CEREMONIAL USE
Seashells are some of the earliest objects used by mankind for religious application and ornamentation - this is well documented in archeological finds around the globe. Shells were associated with spiritual and mythical influences and enriched human lives throughout history in practical and symbolic ways. There are many famous examples:
In Christianity, a Scallop Shell is a symbol of Christian pilgrimage (i.e. the famous Camino de Santiago) to this day. Seashells in general and Scallops in particular are still being used for christenings, so we frequently supply shells for this purpose all over Australia.
In Hindu scripture, the sound of a Chank Shell being blown preceded the spoken word. Particularly any large sized sinistral shell is still very much prized for Hindu ceremonies, such as the beautiful Lightning Whelks. Using a big natural Abalone Shell for Feng Shui in smudging rituals to burn incense (cleansing / restoring balance) is an age-old practice.
Seashells also have a strong symbolic association with Greek and Roman mythology. Often depicted with the gods Poseidon / Neptune (wealth) and godesses Aphrodite / Venus (love & happiness), seashells have been used as good luck charms and traditional wedding gifts for centuries in many parts of the world. Giving shell gifts or decorating a wedding ceremony with Seashells and Starfish is still considered a perfect way to invoke blessings for the entire family and good luck for the bride and groom.