One Atlantic surfclam shell measuring approximatly 6" at it largest point, and a 2" tall white votive candle. All available shells of this size have the seafloor coloring explained below.
Atlantic surfclams have thick shells, making them much less fragile than some other beach treasures. Surfclams live anywhere from just off the shore to 165ft deep in the ocean. Despite their thick shells, Atlantic surfclams can become the prey of other creatures, many of which drill through their shells to get to the soft insides. This process leaves holes in the shells that eventually wash to shore. Once the original clam is gone, the shells are sometimes adopted as homes by other creatures. These creatures can also leave their mark on the shell with additional holes, tunnels, or grooves that they create to make the shell their own. Each shell has a story - some travel for thousands of years beneath the ocean before ever making it ashore. Where it's been can often be told by its color.
Dark shells are often blackened by iron sulfide. Iron sulfide tends to exist in muddier grounds, indicating that these shells likely came from old lagoons. Our lagoon selection features shells in which the dark coloring is more prominent than any of the shell's other colorings.
Pink, rust colored, and brown shells pick up a lot of their color from iron oxide. Iron oxides tends to exist in underwater sediment across the seafloor, and the longer the shell has been exposed to it the darker the color becomes. Once washed ashore, the sun can start to bleach the color, adding a lighter variation to the coloration. Our seafloor selection features shells where the rust coloring is more prominent than any of the shell's other colorings, though some do have a stong charcoal coloring as well.
Fossilized shells are chalky white and can be anywhere from thousands to millions of years old. Some of them can pick up light coloring from the ocean minerals as they travel and show some greyish and orange coloration.
These shells are found, not cultivated. As such, there is a lot of variety from shell to shell, and the shell you receive will not exactly match the one pictured. Use the catagories to pick the color of shell you would like to receive - lagoon for dark, seafloor for orange-ish, and fossil for light and white. The shells show natural wear, and may have small holes and worn edges from their time at sea. These help tell the tale of the shell and it's journey across the ocean floor. The shells are not bleached or enhanced in any way.
Washed ashore focuses on finds along the Carolina Coast, transforming seaside treasures to functional items and decor that reflect the serenity of the seaside. Mother nature has one of the longest stories, and Washed Ashore does it's best to give tribute to her and share the stories of the ocean.