Seashells have been around for more than 500 million years! Mollusk evolution began in the Cambrian period.
Seashells are the oldest form of money!
Oysters change gender from year to year. Female one year, and a male the next. NO thanks!
Oysters release over 1 million eggs per season. Only 1 of these eggs will become an adult oyster!
Someone who studies shells is a Conchologist.
A quahog clam can live to be 220 years old! You can count their age by the ridges, or rings on the shell...like counting the rings of a tree.
Some shells change color according to the food they eat. I wonder what calico clams eat?
Ancient people used shells for jewelry, adornments for clothing, home decor, and containers for food and water.
Shells are composed mostly of carbonate of lime. The ingredient in chalk, marble, and limestone.
The shell is an exoskeleton. The animals skeleton is on the outside.
Shells come from eggs. The animal then secretes a substance, mostly (calcium carbonate) for protection, producing layers that make up the shell.
Some mollusks use the shell for protection, while others use the shell to keep from losing water so they don't dry out. Some use the shell to move with the currents of the water.
The 2 largest shell classifications are gastropods (univalves) and cephlopods ( bivalves).
Oysters and mussels form pearls. Pearls can naturally be different colors. Naturally colored pearls are more rare.
Native Americans used freshwater pearls for jewelry, and clothing decoration. I'd like to know how they drilled them!
I love reading about, studying, and learning things about shells. Even though shells may be the same species, no 2 are exactly alike....just like our fingerprints!
I've recently had a few comments about my photos. My little secret is...scrapbook paper! I have some that looks like water...in light, and medium blue. I use a variety of papers, depending on the piece I'm photographing. I also use an OTT light when I'm not using natural light.
I recently added a new pair of earrings to my Sea Notes Collection!
I had fun making these! Of course, I have fun making anything with shells!
I've made a few pair of earrings with jingle shells, but these are my favorites by far. I adore the natural freshwater pearls.
Next weekend I will be on the Gulf Coast! I will be walking the beach, head down, looking for shells, with my shelling bags hanging from my sides.
I'm hoping to find a lot of jewel box shells (spiny oysters) in a small size. I've depleted my supply of them. I still have several larger jewel boxes....too big for earrings and charm bracelets.
So, wish me luck! I can't wait to see what kind of shelling next weekend has in store.
We usually spend Memorial weekend at my family cemetery, cleaning up, and replacing flowers. I'm not going to make the trip this year, but I know the family will take care of it all the same.
Thank a soldier for your freedom! It's really all about them...not bbq's, or boating, picnics, or camping.
Have a Super Saturday, and a wonderful Memorial Weekend!
With our temps climbing into the upper 90's here lately, the glorious sun, and blue skies have had me feeling a bit tropical.
A pretty orange-y hued shell, some perfectly plump peach pearls, and orange bamboo coral came together and my tropical dreams are coming true!
Can't you just feel the sunshine pouring out of this fun, flirty, tropical seashell bracelet?
This is one of the shells I found on Sanibel. I love the calico scallops, but I've found a few orange scallops, some orange calico scallops even, and I love love love them. But, this very light orange scallop shell has my heart right now. I've had this shell sitting aside since February....just waiting for the right components to come along.
This bracelet brings out the summer lovin' Leo in me :D All of that orange and peach has this Leo purring like a kitty.
I can see myself wearing this on the beach, or on a tropical island.
I'm having second thoughts about listing it, now. This does happen. I fall so in love with one of my pieces that I can't bear to list it.
Don't worry, I'll talk myself into it eventually! Give me a few days to gaze at it, and then maybe I'll want to see it in the shop ;)
Hello! I just wanted to pop in and welcome some new blog followers! I've been wanting to say hi to you all, so I thought I would do it first thing. Hi! Hello! and Welcome!
My hubby and I are getting ready to celebrate our 30th anniversary in a couple of weeks. Yeah, wow! I can't believe it has been 3 decades already! We always celebrate special occasions at the beach, and go as often as time allows in between.
Guess what the 30th anniversary gift is???? Pearls!!!! I know! Isn't that so cool! He said he'd gladly by me a strand of pearls....for jewelry making! He already bought pearls for my neck, wrist, and ears. He used to buy me pretty, pretty jewelry to go with special occasions. NOT ANY MORE! He said the stuff I make is prettier than anything he could ever buy for me. Isn't he so sweet?!
I took the Mermaid Name Generator test over at Rum and Monkey, to see what my mermaid name is. I did it twice, for Tropical, and Mediterranean mermaid. Both times I got the name Pearlia. So, Pearlia it is! I love it, and it is so me! I found the name generator from Gypsea Nurse.
Look at these art prints of mermaids wearing pearls I found on Etsy!
Each one is linked directly to the Etsy shop it is from.
Which is your favorite? What is your mermaid name?
I am so glad the weekend is here. I don't have any plans, I just enjoy knowing it's the weekend!
I saw your comment on my last post, Shellbelle, before blogger lost it. That was certainly bloggers day of doom wasn't it?! The day everyone's post went missing may not go down in history, but I am sure WE won't be forgetting it for some time to come!
Anyway, let's get on with the theme for the day!
Since I've been working on my photos in the shop all week, I thought I would show some things I've made and haven't had listed for one reason, or another, and something I made for my bedroom.
I love this Scotch Bonnet! These are such neat shells!
I'm not totally 100% satisfied with the chain. When I find one I love, I'll list this!
This Buttercup is a sweet shell, especially with the mother of pearl seahorse dangling in it!
Swarovski crystal flat backs in Caribbean Blue Opal accent the shell. I'm not thrilled with this chain either. I told you I'm getting picky!
My daughter, Kandi, sent this potpourri shell mix. I added some of my own shells, put them in this cool jar, and added a shell lei from my sisters wedding to the top.
This is in my bedroom on my dresser. This was a super simple project, and I love how it turned out!
I could sit and play with shells all day! Right now I'm between projects. I simply don't know which shell I want to play with next. I'm sure something will come to me before the day is out... I'm hoping it is in the form of jewelry!
Yesterday I listed a new piece in my Sea Notes Collection. An Auger shell with a treble clef, and freshwater pearls. I love how this turned out!
The toggle on this necklace reminds me of a wave! I was going to use a hook clasp, but when I saw this toggle in my toggle and clasps box I knew it would be perfect for this.
I have a pair of auger shell earrings in the works, too, for this collection. Not the same kind of auger as this one.
I did have some shell fails yesterday, much to my dismay. I was planing to use some Dosinia shells, drilled the holes perfectly, and managed to chip the shells right by the hole putting the earrings together. I'll have to find another use for my Dosinia's. They just aren't sturdy enough for earrings, and maybe not sturdy enough for jewelry at all. I'm hoping to wrap up the Sea Notes Collection by the weekend, but it totally depends on whether I continue to break shells or not. I swear a little piece of my heart breaks off every time I bust a shell! It's heartbreaking as well as frustrating. Any broken shells get taken out to reside by the pond. You didn't think I threw them away, did you? Of course not! They are still precious to me! Wish me luck that I don't break any today!
Do you ever mess up something you planned on turning out perfectly beautiful? Do tell, and make me feel better!
I have to say Happy Birthday to a special fella in my life! Happy Birthday Zach! I love you!
Zachy is 4 years old today! He has been by my side since the day he was born, and he is an awesome companion. I love this boy so much!
The last time David and I were at Belleair Beach, I found a limpet! It's just a small one, and very lightweight.
Some shells do not drill well, and I've broken several in my attempts to drill them for jewelry. I just knew that if I didn't drill this limpet just right, it would break. I absolutely could NOT break this shell. I had plans for this baby, and had to find a solution to breakage. I decided to soak the shell in water for awhile. It worked! I drilled the shell without destroying it! Shells are so hard, and can take a little abuse, but drill it wrong, and it will break. I find this very frustrating! I'm going to use the soaking method in the future, especially for the thick shells. Scallops drill very easily, spiny oysters...not so easy.
My limpet paired well with these beautiful avocado green freshwater dancing pearls. They are luscious! I love how they look together!
The toggle is a mermaid! I have to get some more of these, I love the mermaid toggle!
My sales of shell jewelry have picked up, and I've even sent a few pieces to Hawaii! That was really exciting!
I'm spending the day creating new pieces, as I need to get the rest of my Sea Notes Collection finished. I'm excited to dive back into it!
Thank you all for your wonderful comments! I enjoy hearing from you sweet ladies! And Pam, thanks for the shell identification! Next time I'll check your blog to make sure of the names. I still run across shells that I have no idea what they are.
Okay, it's time to play! I hope you all have a wonderful day!
I held a sea shell to my ear, And listened to its tale Of vessels bounding o'er the main And all the ships that sail. It sang of brilliant water flowers— The bright anemones That bloom beneath the ocean waves— Tossed in from seven seas. Each time I harken to this song, I hear the breakers moan, And fancy that a warning bell Rings from a lighthouse lone. No longer need I wish to go Where foam-capped billows swell, For I've an ocean of my own Within this pearly shell.