Our shells, coral and other gift items come from many countries. Many of the shells come from the oceans of the world. Most are a food bi-product where the animals found in the shells are a food staple for many countries. Then the shells are sold to markets such as the U.S. where many collectors buy and sell them.
The rarest shells can be found through estate sales or through other private collections. Shells from time to time will appear on an endangered or protected list. This can make a certain shell very valuable if one has a certain number of them in their collection which they may have gotten before the ban. We specialize in hunting these shells down for our clients.
Shells mostly come from the Philippine Islands. They also come from places like Africa, India, Mexico, Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, and the U.S. Coral has come from the South Pacific mostly, but is now banned from importing it to the U.S. Coral which is already in our country is “Grandfathered” and can still be sold legally.
Our jewelry is all handmade from the Philippines and Mexico. Our Ironwood carved figures come from the Sonora Desert near New Mexico and Arizona, and our Oaxacan “folk art” carvings come from Mexico and carved by the Zapote Indians.
Our shell candles are made locally and holiday shell ornaments are also made locally. We also carry fossil shark teeth and ammonites which date back some 25 – 60 million years.