Nearly everyone has wandered down a sandy beach and bent to retrieve a particularly pretty seashell at least once in their lives. Seashells, the shed exoskeletons of marine animals, often end up in collections because of their beauty, individuality, delicacy, and symmetry. As common as grains of sand, seashells still manage to retain their mystery and attraction… like tiny shipwrecks from another world, come to rest here on our beaches, they carry with them the inspiration and intrigue of the sea.
Peter Stone, long fascinated by the sea and its treasures, knows how exciting it can be to investigate a sand-crusted lump—and find a stunningly beautiful shell, coiled and vivid or perfectly ridged, a gem of the sea—and that’s one reason why we created the beautiful Shell jewelry collection, so you can carry your inspiration with you, even when you’re miles from the beach. We also want to offer a few fun and surprising facts that we learned when we started researching seashells through history.
You think there are a lot of shells on your beach? Shell Beach, in Western Australia, is made entirely of cockle shells.
Small octopuses sometimes use empty shells as hiding spots, or build temporary “forts” around themselves with sea shells.
If you find a shell that seems to have a hole drilled into it… you’re holding a murder scene. Predators drill or chip their way through shells to get to the animal inside. Some even use enzymes to partly dissolve the shell.
If you’ve ever held a conch or other large shell up to your ear and heard the waves of the sea, what you’re actually hearing is all the background noise around you, jumbled up and muffled by the inner convolutions of the shell. A conch shell in a soundproofed room would be silent.
Seashells have been used as currency in various places throughout history, including many islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, North America, Africa, and the Caribbean.
The shell of the Giant Clam has been used in some areas as a bathtub, and even as a baptismal font.
Cowrie shells have often been considered symbolic of female fertility. Treated as fertility charms and worn around the neck, they were used to aid conception.
Seashells make great trumpets! Large sea snail shells are perfect, if you cut a hole in the spire of the shell, or cut off the tip of the spire entirely.
Now that you know a little bit more about your beachside treasures, take a look at the Peter Stone Shell collection. We know you’ll find something beautiful to inspire you!