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(*MOTHER-OF-PEARL)

NEW UPDATES ADDED ON: 31-03-17

 

All prices on this page are quoted (unless indicated otherwise) per item in Australian Dollars (AUD), NOT INCL. GST. Minimum order: 30.00 AUD + GST. 

We offer a range of lovely POLISHED SEASHELLS (incl. fully pearlized shells) for design & decoration, also some great MOP options for jewellers, artists, etc.

NOTE: You can easily cut, drill grind, file, polish and glue mother-of-pearl items, using standard jeweller's tools.

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POLISHED TURBO PICA MED Funky and robust shells with a variety of striking patterns. Some with beautiful yellow / green blush, some very dark, with glossy polished exterior and natural silvery inside. Sized approx. 6-7cm (2.3-2.5"), the careful hand-polishing partly exposes highly iridescent lustre underneath the shiny black surface layer. This creates a unique contrasting pattern for each shell - perfect to display in small groups to show the variety and ideal for individual gifts or decorative objects.

$ 3.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 2.00 ea (+ GST)

POLISHED CHOCOLATE CONCH LG - Glossy, choc-coloured ornamental Crown Conch Shells that look as if they're covered in chocolate. Shiny, smoothly polished quite chunky shells with swirly creamy patterns that you see in Belgian Chocolates. Large sized and robust at approx. 11-13cm (4.5-5") with pale shiny cream / peach interior and lovely rounded shape that feels great when handled. Perfect for display or to play with and a big favourite with kids of all ages.

$ 4.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 3.00 ea (+ GST)

POLISHED ASTRAEA LG Gorgeously, elaborately ribbed and sculptured, these carefully hand-polished white iridescent Turban (Astraea) shells from the USA look amazing. Always very hard to get in good condition, our current batch has been carefully hand-selected. Lovely pagoda-shaped shells, measuring 10cm (4") and up, superb for any shell arrangement and gorgeous additions to any display. Excellent for festive decoration - and fantastic individual gifts. Availability is limited.

$ 15.00 ea (+ GST)

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POLISHED ASTRAEA M/L Elaborately ribbed and sculptured hand-polished white iridescent Turban (Astraea) shells from the USA. Always in demand and very hard to get in good condition. This is a hand-selected M/L sized batch of 7.5cm (3") and up of lovely pale, shiny pagoda-shaped shells. Perfect with pale starfish, white shells or driftwood, etc. Gorgeous iconic shape, sculpture and lustre - ideal for carefully textured white shell arrangements and displays, festive decor and gifts. Availability is limited.

$ 12.00 ea (+ GST)

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NEW STOCK: POLISHED TURBO MARMORATUS LG Gorgeous shells in a great size of 11.5cm and up (over 4.5"). Hand-polished to a gorgeous iridescent finish, they show a natural fine green spiral line around the spire and a famously deep lustre (usually regarded as the best type of MOP, with pink/green/gold highlights!). Always in demand and hard to get in any condition, these gorgeously large, mature and heavy pearly 'Marbled Turbo' Shells are amazing individual gifts, great display objects and perfect additions to any shell collection.

$ 45.00 ea (+ GST)

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NEW STOCK: POLISHED NAUTILUS XL - Fabulous extra large "Pearly Nautilus" with white iridescent MOP - spectacular additions to any shell collection or display. Impressive solitary decorative items, these giant XL shells are carefully hand-polished, approx. 16-18cm (6-7") in size and look amazing anywhere you care to place them. NOTES: Nautilus is CITES listed as of Jan 2017 (no export or intl. shipping!). Availability is limited. $ 65.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 60.00 ea (+ GST)

POLISHED NAUTILUS LG - Large sized iridescent white and shiny "Pearly Nautilus", showing beautiful MOP pearly lustre all over. Very nice for solitary display and decoration, the LG shells are approx. 13-15cm (5-6") in size. An amazing individual gift for any shell lover. NOTES: Nautilus is CITES listed as of Jan 2017 (no export or intl. shipping!). Availability is limited. $ 42.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 38.00 ea (+ GST)

POLISHED NAUTILUS MED - Iridescent white and shiny MED sized "Pearly Nautilus" show their beautiful pearlised MOP layer to great effect. These famous "Chambered Nautilus" pearly shells measure approx. 10-13cm (4-5"), beautifully suited for white / off-white shell arrangements or solitary decorative items & individual gifts. NOTES: Nautilus is CITES listed as of Jan 2017 (no export or intl. shipping!). Availability is limited. $ 32.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 30.00 ea (+ GST)

CUT NAUTILUS SHELL XL Laser cut to show the interior chamber structure, over 15cm (6") in size, these split chambered Nautilus pompilius are pearlised on the outside and have been opened to show the interior chamber structure. We offer single halves only (i.e. for custom framing). There may be some minor damage to the very fragile intricate internal structure - it usually happens during the cutting process, so it's practically impossible to get an absolutely perfect cut Nautilus. NOTES: Nautilus is CITES listed as of Jan 2017 (no export or intl. shipping!).

$ 18.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 15.00 ea (+ GST)

CUT NAUTILUS SHELL LG Laser cut to show the interior chamber structure, sized 11-15cm (5-6"), these split chambered Nautilus pompilius are pearlised on the outside and have been opened to show the interior chamber structure. We offer single halves only (i.e. for custom framing). There may be some minor damage to the very fragile intricate internal structure - it usually happens during the cutting process, so it's practically impossible to get an absolutely perfect cut Nautilus. NOTES: Nautilus is CITES listed as of Jan 2017 (no export or intl. shipping!).

$ 14.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 12.00 ea (+ GST)

CUT NAUTILUS SHELL MED Laser cut to show the interior chamber structure, sized up to 11cm (4-5"), these split chambered Nautilus pompilius are pearly on the outside and have been opened to show the interior chamber structure. We offer these in single halves (i.e. for custom framing). Let us know if you require a matching pair. NOTE: There may be some minor damage to the very fragile intricate internal structure - it usually happens during the cutting process, so it's practically impossible to get an absolutely perfect cut Nautilus. NOTES: Nautilus is CITES listed as of Jan 2017 (no export or intl. shipping!). Availability is limited.

$ 9.00 ea (+ GST)

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PEARL SHELL POLISHED LARGE  Back by popular demand: Famous Pinctada maxima pearl oysters (also produce cultured South Sea Pearls), available as single halves measuring approx. 15cm (6") and up. Hand-polished on both sides, with stunning gold/white shiny MOP (mother-of-pearl). Due to their obvious appeal and versatility (luxurious trinket tray, soap dish, display item, etc), Aussie shells frequently sell in jewellery shops for extravagant prices. Only one fabulous XL sized shell (20cm !) available at AUD 60.00.

$ 35.00 ea (+ GST)

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REDUCED: POLISHED WHITE ABALONE XL - 2ND GRADE Polished local Australian Haliotis laevigata with shiny iridescent mother-of-pearl showing inside & out. Just a few second grade shells available now. Sized approx. 13-17cm (5-7"), they are a great inexpensive source of material for carving, inlay, etc. for jewellers and mosaicists. Although 2nd Grade shells are complete, they are not intended for display. May have several imperfections such as cracks, holes and discolorations.

$ 3.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 2.50 ea (+ GST)

NEW PRICE: POLISHED ASTRAEA LG - 2ND GRADE! Elaborately ribbed and sculptured white iridescent Turban (Astraea) shells from the USA. Some discounted second grade shells available from 9cm (3.5") and up in size, these shells are a great inexpensive source of material for cutting shapes, carving for jewellery or mosaics, furniture inlay, etc. Although 2nd Grade shells are usually complete, they're not intended for display: They may be porous or have repairs or other imperfections such as cracks, holes, dullness and discoloration.

$ 3.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 2.50 ea (+ GST)

REDUCED: POLISHED PAUA ABALONE ML - 2ND GRADE Famously pretty blue/green iridescent New Zealand Paua Abalone (Haliotis iris), with vivid black-lined patterned MOP (all natural colours!). Outer side with fully polished lustre, inside is generally a little dull after polishing. Delicate and gorgeous shells at approx. 12-13cm (4-5") and up in size with naturally versatile dish-shape. While these 2nd Grade shells are complete and an ideal source of inexpensive material for jewellery, etc., they're not intended for display: May be too porous or thin, with many imperfections such as cracks, small holes and discolorations. $ 12.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 10.00 ea (+ GST)

NEW STOCK: POLISHED GREEN ABALONE LG - 2ND GRADE  Polished Green Abalone Haliotis fulgens with shiny iridescent MOP showing inside & out. We have only second grade shells available at half price (were $ 12.00 ea.). Sized 11-13cm (4.3-5") and up, they are a great inexpensive source of material for carving, inlay, etc. for jewellers and mosaicists. Although 2nd Grade shells are complete, they're not intended for display: May be porous or have several imperfections such as cracks, small holes and discolorations.

$ 5.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 4.00 ea (+ GST)

POLISHED IMPERIALTURBO LG  Very popular Jade Turbo Shells have been lovingly hand-polished to show the gorgeously deep silver MOP.  In a generous large size, they measure approx. 8-12cm (3.5-5") and exhibit lovely iridescent pearly lustre. Showing a fine green spiral line around the whorl and natural silvery white inside, these shells are great decorative objects suited for all kinds of white/off-white decorations besides making very nice individual gifts.  Reduced price for a limited time only until stocks last (were $ 8.00 ea).

$ 6.50 ea (+ GST)

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$ 6.00 ea (+ GST)

REDUCED: POLISHED GOLDEN TURBO LG  How do you like these unusual and amazingly bright golden / bronze shells? The shiny gold/copper-coloured lustre has very lively bronze/pink/green highlights. A new natural shell product from Africa that is similar in size and shape to the popular Jade Turbo Shells. Approx. 7-9cm (~3.5-4") with distinct tan bands around the whorls and natural silvery white inside. Absolutely stunning deco & display shells and lovely individual gifts.

$ 10.00 ea (+ GST)

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REDUCED: POLISHED GREEN TURBO LG  Very popular Jade Turbo shells from Madagascar are back in stock again! We have managed to obtain a small lot of new lovingly hand-polished shells that show the amazing natural colour & fab patterns. Ranging from jade green to turquoise, showing shiny green patterned spiral surface with natural silvery white interior. Approx. 8-12cm (3.5-5") in size, each one looks different! They're great favourites for decoration and look fantastic in displays. Price discounted from min. 10 shells per order. $ 7.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 6.00 ea (+ GST)

POLISHED AFRICAN TURBO LG   At a substantial size of 8-9cm (3.5"), polished Turbo sarmaticus from South Africa are indeed eye-catching! Vivid natural patterns of polished iridescent white MOP, burnished brown and bright orange patches with contrasting black lines.. Very pretty shells that look amazing in shell displays, all kinds of colourful arrangements or as a solitary display item on a desk or shelf. $ 7.50 ea (+ GST)

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$ 7.00 ea (+ GST)

POLISHED AFRICAN TURBO MED  Amazing colours and a lovely round shape - beautifully polished Turbo sarmaticus from South Africa are now available in an incredible variety of vivid patterns at 5-6cm (2.5") diameter. The iridescent white MOP, polished brown patches and fine black contrasting lines create a very vivid colouring, making these Turbos real favourites. Great as a small group showing the wide variety of patterns, great gifts, etc.

$ 5.50 ea (+ GST)

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$ 5.00 ea (+ GST)

REDUCED: POLISHED STAR SHELL Highly ornamental and exotic shells from the Philippines, the cute little star-shaped Guildfordia yoka are much in demand for their obvious appeal. The polished Stars show highly iridescent white and sometimes gold/rosy-hued centre whorl and shiny fragile spines. These shells vary in size from approx. 7 - 9cm (2.8-3.5"). Also available as natural pink (unpolished) shells on our main DECOSHELLS page.

$ 5.00 ea (+ GST)

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POLISHED TROCHUS MED We can offer the lovely Trochus pyramis shells now at a nice medium size of approx. 6cm (2.5"). Beautifully polished, iridescent exterior and natural pearly silver interior. This is a fantastic batch of hand-selected shells, showing excellent quality white MOP and their famous conical shape to great advantage. Traditional Australian favourites for special gifts and all kinds of decorations. Available in large numbers.

$ 3.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 2.50 ea (+ GST)

NEW STOCK: POLISHED TURBO SHELLS MED With beautifully curved polished surfaces, these MED sized Polished Turbos measure approx. 4.5-5cm (2"), show shiny white MOP inside and out and a pale red tip. A cute choice for table deco - the highly iridescent classic spiral shape adds a nice sparkle and reflects light from nearby candles. Frequently requested for wedding table decoration, place card holders (and subsequent individual take-home gifts) at large events.

$ 3.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 2.50 ea (+ GST)

NEW STOCK: PEARLY ANGARIA MED  The iridescent white pearlised Angaria delphinula shells are sized over 5cm (2") and over and have a soft pearly lustre, which frequently shows a cute rosy or gold-coloured hue. These shells are wearing a crown of short raised spines, producing a very pretty baroque spiral shape. Ornamental and fun to combine with flowers, starfish or other shells for white / off-white table decorations or displays (i. e. wedding table deco, place card holders, name tags, or cute little take-home gifts).

$ 2.80 ea (+ GST)

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$ 2.20 ea (+ GST)

NEW: POLISHED RED ABALONE S  We have lovely hand-polished Red Abalone Haliotis rufescens with highly iridescent MOP showing inside & out - now also available in a small size of 7-9cm (3-3.5"). Providing gorgeous options for all jewellers, mosaicists and other artists, the very pretty shells with naturally red coloured MOP are variously 0.5-3mm thick and dished, following the natural curve of the shell. Beautiful additions to any seashell display, any Abalone material can also easily be cut, shaped and polished with standard jeweler's tools.

$ 3.50 ea (+ GST)

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$ 3.00 ea (+ GST)

POLISHED OYSTER WING MED with naturally rose/bronze-coloured MOP. This iridescent colour is rare, usually only from this type of Oyster. The polished Shell Wings are approx. 8 x 4cm (3 x 1.5") in size and 0.5 - 1mm thick, following the flowing shape of the natural shell. They provide a great source for this unusual material to all artists, jewellers, mosaicists, cabinet makers, etc. All MOP can be easily cut and polished with standard jeweller's tools.

$ 2.50 ea (+ GST)

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$ 2.00 ea (+ GST)

NEW SIZE: PAUA AB MOP ROUND XXS (30) New Zealand Paua Abalone (Haliotis iris) polished discs are available in bright iridescent blue/green/rosy Abalone MOP with contrasting black lines. The 30mm (1") discs are approx. 0.8-1.5mm thick, very slightly dished, following the curve of the original shell. They are highly polished on the convex upper side and show the natural (brightly coloured) original inner surface on the reverse. Great material for intricate inlay craft work, jewellery, mosaics, etc. & can be cut, shaped and polished with standard jeweler's tools. Availability now limited.

$ 4.00 ea (+ GST)

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NEW SIZE: PAUA AB MOP ROUND XS (40) New Zealand Paua Abalone (Haliotis iris) polished discs are available in bright iridescent blue/green/rosy Abalone MOP showing beautiful and variable black lined patterns. The 40mm (1.5") discs are approx. 0.8-1.5mm thick, very slightly dished, following the curve of the original shell. Highly polished on the convex upper side, they show the natural bright original inner surface on the reverse. These pre-cut larger discs are ideal for intricate inlay craft work, jewellery, mosaics, etc. Availability now limited.

$ 5.00 ea (+ GST)

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NEW SIZE: GOLD PEARL MOP XS (50) are 50mm / 5cm (2") in diameter, round polished discs of shiny, iridescent Gold Lip South Sea Pearl Oyster Shells (Pinctada maxima). Cute discs with typical naturally variable white/gold/iridescent lustre and gold/silver/rosy highlights. Approx. 0.8 - 1mm thick and slightly dished, following the natural curve of the original shell, they are ideal for arts, crafts & many jewellery projects. All MOP discs can be cut, shaped and polished with standard jeweler's tools.

$ 3.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 2.50 ea (+ GST)

NEW SIZE: GOLD PEARL MOP S (60) are 60mm round polished discs of shiny, iridescent Gold Lip South Sea Pearl Oysters (Pinctada maxima). Very pretty discs with typical naturally variable white/gold/iridescent lustre and gold/silver/pink highlights. The discs are approx. 60mm / 6cm (2.4") in diameter, and approx. 1mm thick, slightly dished along the natural curve of the original shell. Perfect for arts, crafts and jewellery projects. All MOP discs can be cut, shaped and polished with standard jeweler's tools. Availability for this size is limited.

$ 4.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 3.50 ea (+ GST)

NEW SIZE: GOLD PEARL MOP M (70) Good-sized and solid beautiful round mother-of-pearl discs from Philippines Goldlip Pearl Oysters (Pinctada maxima), pre-cut and pre-polished, natural colour white/gold/iridescent, approx. 7cm (just under 3") in diameter and 1-3mm thick, depending on the natural curve of the original shell. Excellent for carving, jewellery and inlay - ideal for most purposes that require reasonably thick MOP material. All MOP discs can be cut, shaped and polished with standard jeweler's tools.

$ 5.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 4.50 ea (+ GST)

NEW SIZE: GOLD PEARL MOP ML (80) Beautifully polished round mother-of-pearl discs pre-cut from Goldlip Pearl Oysters (Pinctada maxima) in a very large size. Natural colour is shiny white / gold, very deep lustre with iridescent highlights. Sized 10cm (4") in diameter and approx. 2-5mm thick, depending on the natural curve of the original shell. Lovely display pieces and perfect for carving, jewellery, inlay, etc. NOTE: Larger discs usually have the best quality MOP, as the best lustre is always found in the largest shells.

$ 7.00 ea (+ GST)

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$ 6.50 ea (+ GST)

NEW SIZE: GOLD PEARL MOP LG (100) Beautifully polished round mother-of-pearl discs pre-cut from Goldlip Pearl Oysters (Pinctada maxima) in a very large size. Natural colour is shiny white / gold, very deep lustre with iridescent highlights. Sized 10cm (4") in diameter and approx. 2-5mm thick, depending on the natural curve of the original shell. Lovely display pieces and perfect for carving, jewellery, inlay, etc. NOTE: Larger discs usually have the best quality MOP, as the best lustre is always found in the largest shells.

$ 8.00 ea (+ GST)

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NEW SIZE: GOLD PEARL MOP XL Some amazing XL- sized polished round Goldlip MOP discs cut from Pinctada maxima Pearl Oysters are also available. Always hard to get nice quality discs in this size. Natural lustre in white / gold, with iridescent highlights. Sized 10-12cm (over 4"!) in diameter and approx. 2-5mm thick, depending on the natural curve of the original shell. Fantastic display pieces and ideal for art projects (i.e. carving, jewellery, etc.) NOTE: Larger discs usually have the best quality MOP, as the best lustre is always found in the largest shells.

$ 12.00 ea (+ GST)

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NEW SIZE: BLACK PEARL MOP XS (50) Cut from dark & beautiful Black Lip South Sea Pearl Oysters (Pinctada margaritifera), these polished discs show a variety of natural colours, mostly blue-grey/gold, some may have a green/blue/bronze lustre. Sized 50mm (5cm / 2") in diameter and approx. 0.5-1mm thick, slightly dished depending on the natural curve of the original shell. All Black Pearl MOP discs can be cut, shaped and polished with standard jeweller's tools and are suitable for decoration & craft projects, inlay or mosaic that requires dark mother-of-pearl material. Availability is limited.

$ 2.50 ea (+ GST)

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NEW SIZE: BLACK PEARL MOP ML (80) Cut from dark & beautiful Black Lip South Sea Pearl Oysters (Pinctada margaritifera). For jewellers, mosaicists and anyone requiring reasonably solid, dark mother-of-pearl material. Round discs, pre-cut and pre-polished in various natural colours, mostly dark blue-grey/gold/bronze hues, some with distinct green or rosy lustre (just like Tahitian black pearls). Large sized at 8cm (3") in diameter, approx. 0.8-3mm thick and slightly dished, depending on the natural curve of the original shell. Excellent for carving, jewellery and inlay work. Availability is limited.

$ 7.00 ea (+ GST)

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