Meet the Maker
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. 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. 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.
Washed Ashore's shells are found, not cultivated. 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.