Sea Shells

Dorset Gifts
One of the leading nautical gift retailers in the UK

Shells for sale in the UK from Dorset Gifts

Sea Shell Information

We buy quality sea shells from the two most reputable shell suppliers in the UK and are probably now their biggest clients. All our sea shells for sale come with ecological certification and are sustainable. If you are decorating with seashells or looking for discount seashells scroll through our listings and it won't take you long to realise that most of these products have been partially eaten first. And that's the way we want to keep it. Our best selling starfish are washed ashore and our children understand the importance of preservation as well as we do. Charitable donations through our shops are weighted towards the RNLI and marine conservation. We only sell online a small proportion of the seashells we sell in our shops, so if we're too far to pop down and visit, please call Jamie on 01202 285163 or email at info@dorsetgifts.com if you can't find what you're after but you know it's out there and want to purchase from a reputable sea shell supplier. We have large corporate accounts and frequently sell our shell world gifts to wedding parties and interior designers as seashell decorations, as well as selling discount quality seashells in bulk or wholesale. As market leaders we promise to see you right with our best price world shells as we are confident that the items here are the best value bulk seashells for sale that you will find!

Seashell Pick 'n Mix

10 shells for £20

All of the sea shells for sale below with the above logo can be bought as Pick 'n Mix - 10 shells for £20.

Have a look at the shells, decide which ones you want, then use the Pick 'n Mix shells form at the bottom of the page to place your order.

The discount will only appear in the shopping basket if you add a minimum of 10 items and use the form to order.

OR

You can use our Pick 'n Mix page where you can combine ordering gemstones, minerals and shells.

 

 

Tiger Cowrie 5-8 cms - KT4013

Tiger Cowrie

Tiger Cowrie Shells

Very interesting to look at and these dome shaped tiger cowrie shells have been used as currency in several parts of the world over the centuries, although we prefer payment in sterling. Tiger Cowries are probably the most popular seashells for sale in our shops bought by adults for children and one for them to listen to the sea in. Please e-mail or phone for bulk orders of tiger cowrie shells.

5-8 cms (2 to 3 ins)

£1.25 each
£10 for 10

 

 

Scallop Shells - 13 to 15 cms

Scallop shells

Scallop Shells

The fishermen take their boats out upon the seas off the coast of the British Isles where some of them fish for scallops. Most of those large scallop shells end up in restaurants throughout Britain and this makes for a very ecological reason to use the scallop shells for other means in the home. Our customers clean them and use as a dining plate, with tea lights, as soap dishes or as shell craft objects ..... they're beautiful. It's a British beach shell from our home waters so sits comfortably in our homes as seashell decorations - make use of a few. Please Dorset Gifts customers - these large scallop shells are straight from the ocean so may need a little cleaning. E -mail us for a bulk buying discount.

99p each
£8 for 10
£15 for 20

 

 

Pectin Scallop Shells 5 to 8 cms - QT4033

Pectin Scallop Shells

Double sided in assorted colours. These beautiful light pectin scallop shells come in mixed colours. We will evenly sort out a balanced mix of colours for all bulk purchases. If you are choosing one shell than we usually send a lighter coloured seashell unless your order is accompanied with a specific colour request. Great for people who are decorating with seashells or are looking for bulk seashells for sale.

£0.99 each
£8.00 for 10

Please e-mail or phone for bulk prices

 


 

Pearlised Troca Shell 5 to 7 cm

Pearlised Troca Shell

We love our cone shaped pearlised troca shells. They're hardy, heavy, chunky pieces and if a customer picks a dozen shells in our shop there's always one of these in the pile. These ones are a little smaller than some of our other shells although we periodically have larger pearlised troca shells in stock. These sell very well as the silvery colour mixes in well with other shells in a display collection. They are very popular as wedding shell decorations. Please e-mail or call to buy seashells at bulk prices.

£2.50 each
£20 for 10


 

White Shell Pack - DG4054

White shell pack

We frequently get asked for varied seashells in white and for many uses ranging from corporate table decor and weddings to children's party gifts. This year we have put together a shell pack in white which will perfectly cater for all needs. Each pack measures 13 cms across. We have cellophaned them so they can easily be presented as gifts and also opened up for scattering. Please refer back to these seashells individually on our website but each pack will approximately contain a 6 cms white pointer starfish,  a 13 cms English scallop seashell, a couple of 3 cms pearlised trochas, 4 to 5 heart cockle seashells measuring 3 cms, 3 x 3cms  white strombus seashells and several 2 cms white tibia seashells. If you are looking to build up a shells collection, all in all this is the perfect starter combination and one put together with you, our customers in mind!  Maybe we should do these in green and brown too, but for now it's the "white shell pack".

The pictures show the pack opened to reveal the contents.

13 cms across

£3.99 each
£10 for 3

Please e-mail for bulk purchases

 

 

The Purbeck Shell Collection - DGPUR

Just perfect for anyone seeking an interesting colourful collection of seashells for somewhere in the home or office and there are some unusual specimens in here. Centrepiece would have to be the Large Brown Cockle which can be left paired or easily broken open and this measures on average 9 cms in length. We have added 2 pieces of whitewashed driftwood at about 8 cms each to give a nautical alternative look to the collection. There's a Tiger Cowrie in here too at about 8 cms and some pretty Conches from 7 cms to 10 cms with two light brown Mussel Shells to complete. We often look at little collections and discuss what we would add. It's all in here at a great price. Including the driftwood there are 9 pieces which would need a space of 20 cms by 10 cms to present stylishly.

£7.95 each
£15 for 2

 

 

Dorset Gifts Special Shell Selection - DGSS

Just occasionally we get customers asking what makes a good selection of shells or may even ask us to select for them. We've put a collection together for your display, your bathroom, your office or your school project and we've included in the selection of ten shells, a beautiful small cowrie map shell with lots of mini cowries, which we're sure you'll agree sets all these beautiful caramel, brown and ivory seashells off a treat. These seashells are not rare but they are not an easy find either with a stunning firebrand murex, rapana shell, babylon shell, Judd's scallop shell, a knobbly starfish and conches too. Even a beautiful cone shell and most in the 2 to 3 inch size bracket!

All these for under a tenner? We don't think it can be beaten on the internet and some of these shells are for sale on other websites for £5 each - so go on, you know it makes sense! Having these tastefully arranged in a group is a great way to display seahsells. It's a special Dorset Gifts Special and very much while stocks last!

£9.95 for a 10 shell pack
£18 for 2

 

 

Longspine Murex Indivia

Longspine Murex Indivia  Shell

Longspine Murex Shell

Longspine Murex Shell

Ever popular longspine murex sea shells are quite often colourful but our murex indivia shells are just as renowned for their ornate structure and spiney body which does make them prickly to touch - still, that should keep them from disappearing too frequently from your decorative seashell display. We think these longspine murexes display best with pearlised trochas and white pointer starfish as the black and white body of these shells works with neutral colours for seashell decor. So if you are thinking of decorating with seashells this shell should be on your list.

9 to 10 cms

£2.50 each
£20 for 10


 

Turbo Silvermouth  DG4143S - 5 to 8 cms  

Turbo Silvermouth

Turbo Silvermouth

These Turbo Silvermouth shells are the pearlised versions of our other turbo shells so silvery in colour and with that swirl our turbo shells all seem to have. We also have these in larger sizes, but the 5 to 8 cms are the most popular for ocean themed decor and work nicely in displays with our pearlised trochas. If ordering in quantity please email us for a price quotation. Please note that with all our seashells, colourings and shapes will vary as they are, of course, a natural product. These turbo silvermouths however are fairly regular in style and appearance. A popular one for wedding decor again this year.

£2.50 each

 

 

Green Turbo Silvermouth  - 5 cms  

Introduced in memory of my great Auntie Mavis who had a four piece bathroom suite this colour installed in her ground floor flat in Shepherd's Bush in the mid 1970s. Oh, also requested by several nautical wedding planners as this particular sea green is sought after and we must say, these mixed with Pearlized Turbo Silvermouth create beautiful seaside decor/seashell display.

£2.50 each

 

 

Lambis Scorpius

Lambis Scorpius  Shell

Lambis Scorpius

Lambis Scorpius is the common name for these attractive shapely conch shells. They are a beautiful species of large sea snail and are more delicate and pointed than other conch shells, with each finger looking quite like a scorpion's tail. These Lambis Scrorpius are certainly one of our favourites and we like to display these alongside our knobbly starfish. They are a rich orangey brown with darker colouring around the lip of the shell.

10 to 14 cms

£2.50 each
£20 for 10

 


 

Polished Red Abalone 2 to 4 inches - DG 4072

We have a limited supply of these absolute beauties and they come to our customers at a fantastic price. They are lightly polished, mainly red with a hint of pink and light polishing. The overall effect is stunning and these replace our kamatscha red abalones. Defintely a winner and the photos do not do them justice!  Just £1.50 each or 10 for £14.

£1.50 each
£14 for 10

 

Mitre Shells 4 to 5 inches - QT 4026

Mitre shell

Mitre Shells

These brightly coloured and vibrant orange mitre shells are actually named after the peaked pointed hats worn by members of the clergy. The live and feed in warm shallow seas. Our ones are larger than most you see on the internet and the orange squares make this a "must have" addition to any collection. Please e-mail for bulk discounts.

£2.50 each
£20 for 10


 


 

Turbo Pethoratus - DG4068

These turbo pethoratus have a very slight green hue but come mainly brown and measure at 1 to 2 inches. These small shells look great arranged in a decorative grouping.

£2.50 each
£20 for 10


 


 

Banded Turbo Pethoratus - DG4068b

Banded Turbo Pethoratus make for a very pretty banded small shell with quite lovely colours at 2 to 3 inches

£2.50 each
£20 for 10


 


 

Banded Frog Mussel - DG4373

We've just voted this best new seashell in this year! It's a great looking seashell polished but also leaving the natural colour in stripes. Recommended!!

8 to 10 cms

£2.50 each
£20 for 10


 


 

Firebrand Murex DG749 - 3 to 4 inches (8 to 9 cms)

Firebrand Murex shell

Nicely sized. It's always worth checking the size of our seashells (and the quality) when comparing us with our pretenders. We aim to sell at an equivalent price but a larger size - please let us know if we are failing. Our firebrand murex are pointed at both ends so stand very nicely and have subtle lined shades of brown as their camoflauged colour of choice. Interesting fact - they have the capacity to drill through other seashells in pursuit of dinner. Their favourite place to hang out is near coral reefs in South East Asian seas.

£1.50 each
£13 for 10

 

 

Knobbly Starfish - 3 to 4 inches wide

Knobbly starfish

Knobbly starfish

Knobbly starfish

Of all the starfish we sell these are the ones that our customers pick up, look at, feel the texture of and talk to one another about. Personally, we prefer the tigers and the pointers but there's something about knobbly star fish that captures the imagination of the public and it's probably not just the name! Yep, they have knobbles and are a rustic ocean like colour - they've got the octopus in them we suppose. Defintely an interesting and beautiful sea creature but be quick as stock often runs low.

The knobbly bits are natural and do sometimes break and only occasionally will a knobbly starfish have all knobbles intact... the pictures are a fair representation of the state of knobbliness you as our customer should expect in return for your money!

£2.50 each
£6 for 3
£20 for 10

Please e-mail or phone for bulk purchases

 

Unpolished Natural Abalone - DGS1211


These natural abalones are the colour of the sea on the outer shell and pearlised in the middle - a customer made the most beautiful shell mirror displaying the inner shell around the border and we've seen these used in shell wreaths before - another contender where the options for use are endless!  

Minimum 3 inches

£0.60 each
£2.50 for 5


 

Codakia Tigerina - DGS109


These measure approximately 3 inches across  and with their coral coloured back are characterised by the pink edge they have around the inner lip - we like them!! These are plentiful in the Indian Ocean and we source ours from Thailand and the Philippines - a colourful addition to all shell collections.

3 inches minimum

£0.75 each
£2.50 for 5


 

Oliva Annulata - DGS0425

   
This beautiful Philippine species of sea snail does in fact come from the family olividae (olives) - they do of course vary in colour and pattern but our images are a very fair reflection. We recently saw a wonderful necklace made of these - please note that none of our shells are drilled and we do not drill for customers but we do have mobiles which have been predrilled so please enquire if your wish is for pre drilled seashells.

Approx 4 cms (1.5 inches)

£0.99 each
£8 for 10

 

Black Spotted Triton

Black Spotted Triton Shell

Black Spotted Triton

Black Spotted Triton Shell

Yet again, we find something unusual to offer you while stocks last - our black spotted triton sea shells look pretty alongside our larger tritons to be found on our "large shells" page, and although tritons can grow in size up to 20 inches, they do of course rise in price with size quite substantially. Entry level triton here with all the stories to tell? A spectacular natural shell decoration.

10 to 12 cms

£3.99 each
£7 for 2

£10 for 3

 


 

Strombus Sinuatis  - DGSO51544

This beautiful and unusual conch also known as the Laconate Conch has an attractive pink lip and measures approximately 4 inches in length - a hard seashell to source and one to take pride of place in any collection.

4 inches long.

£3.50 each
£6 for 2

 

Antique Terebra Aerolate - DGS06021


These come in at approximately 4 inches (10 cms) some a little smaller and some larger. These are unlikely to be sourced in your average seashell shop and are similar to screw shells but with an almost cream colour and yellow-orange spots running down to a point at the end - rather beautiful.

£3.50 each
£7 for 2

 

Cut Mexican Trocha 8 to 10 cms - DG4065COL

Also known as Astrea Undosa and from Mexican waters. Nothing to do with Andrea Undosa, who I dated in my youth but both from Mexico. Beautifully cut and these really fit in to a size between small and large seashells as good specimens can be up to 10 cms. Unusual but popular with our customers and delicately coloured.

Available in pink and green.

£6.99 each
£12 for 2

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Banded Turbo Pica 5 to 8 cms - DG4149BA

Banded Turbo Pica

Banded Turbo Pica Shell

Turbo Samarticus were in vogue last year. We have been getting repeat orders on these absolutely beautiful small banded seashells thus far this year. The Banded Turbo Pica shells do look good alongside the turbo samarticus but we recommend these as stand alone due to their unique beauty. Just one of these is a present that will not be forgotten and cherished forever. Not your average cockle!!!

£3.99 each
£7 for 2

 

Conus Figulinus

Conus Figulinus Shell

Conus Figulinus Shell

Conus Figulinus Shell

We think these conus figulinus sea shells have striking markings and they are also known as fig cones, to be found in the Indian Ocean mainly in the area from Madagscar to Tanzania. Don't be fooled by their beautiful natural design, the family of snails that would reside within one of these cones is predatory, venemous and probably not on Friends Reunited. When alive in the sea it's worth admiring their interesting striped designs from greyish brown to chestnut but pick one up and it'll probably sting you. We have several other types of unusual cones in store at any given time, if you'd like to mix some of these with other cone shells it's always worth emailing us as we may be able to recommend other types that would compliment our fig cones.

6 to 8 cms

£2.50 each
£20 for 10


 

Banded Green Turbo Shell - DG017

Banded Green Turbo Shell

Banded Green Turbo

A pretty polished seashell with a pearlized band carved through the back of the shell and a nice pearly aperture. These banded green trubo shells look great combined with the fully pearlized trocas we sell on this page. Having a pearlized band helps them blend in very interestingly with these and other neutral coloured shells.

5 to 6 cms

£2.50 each
£20 for 10

OUT OF STOCK


 

Melon Shell or Indian Volute - DGSH61

Indian Volute Shell

Melon Shell

Melon Shells or Indian Volutes are mostly from South East Asia and are often collected for food by local fishermen, although these sea shells do also produce pearls. The fishermen will use these large melon seashells for bailing water from their boats too. They can be very large shells and the colourings are striking ranging from pale orange to a light yellow in parts, with the contrasting brown markings. These certainly stand out in any shell collection or display.

24 cms

£24.95 each
£40 for 2


These shells are also available at 15 to 18 cms size

£5.99 each
£10 for 2



 

Murex Haustellum

Murex Haustellum

Murex Haustellum Shell

Murex Haustellum Shell

These unique lovely coloured delicate sea shells are from the family of murcidae and the long spike growing away from the base almost looks like a tail. Murex Haustellum make a great addition to interesting shell displays. They always attract a lot of attention when we have these shells for sale in our shop. We have other beautiful murex shells to buy alongside this slightly less easy to find variety.

Minimum 8cms

£2.50 each
£20 for 10

 


 

Murex Negrispinosis

Murex Negrispinosis

Murex Negrispinosis Shell

Another shell from our collection of murex shells and these do have some similarities to the aptly named venus comb shell. Perhaps the spines would have been used for similar purposes - to keep unfriendly sea creatures away and stop them sinking deep in to the mud at the bottom of the sea! Beautiful additions to shell collections and displays and for use as white shell decorations for weddings.

Minimum 8 cms

£2.50 each
£20 for 10

 


 

Cloth of Gold Cone Shell

Cloth of Gold Cone Shell

 

Cloth of Gold Cone shells are also known as textile cones, and when down in the deep blue seas of warm tropical waters are one of the most dangerous sea shells to handle. They can do to us what crocodiles and hammerhead sharks get more press for doing and will make one of these a talking point in your shell collection or display. The female textile cone lays several hundred eggs at a time so this is another interesting fact worth mentioning to admirers! Popular as wedding seashell decorations.

Minimim 7 cms

£2.50 each
£20 for 10

 


 

Map Cowrie Shell

Map Cowrie Shell

 

The image shows the base and back of our charming map cowrie shells. A relative of the ubiquitous shell of our childhood - the tiger cowrie, if you have a map cowrie shell, you've got something a little different and these shells with a map-like design on their top are fascinating to look at. The top of the shell has a wonderful caramel brown colour and we think they look good displayed grouped with bases and backs showing - go on, take ten of our map cowries for an unique nautical display or a beach themed wedding!

Minimim 6.5 cms

£2.50 each
£20 for 10

 


 

Pointer or Finger Starfish

Pointer Starfish

Pointer Starfish

Finger Starfish

Pointer Starfish

Pointer Starfish

Minimum 7 inches

Our pointer starfish can be purchased if required in an assortment of colours. We often use these as part of our window display and most bulk purchases are for nautical or shell themed weddings. Super little gifts which look great anywhere in the home too. Larger sizes available with best prices by request. We aim to not be beaten on prices for our shells and starfish and will attempt to beat any price comparisons submitted to us. Please e mail for bulk purchases.

Popular as beach themed wedding decorations.

Available in Blue, White or Red

£2.50 each
£20 for 10


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Smaller Pointer Starfish
We also have pointer starfish available in a smaller size - minimum 5 inches.

£1.95 each
£15 for 10

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Colour:

 

 

Tiger Starfish 10 to 15 cms - QT4111

Tiger Starfish

Tiger Starfish

Tiger Starfish

Light, brightly coloured compact and hardy with an interesting shape - one of our Top 10 pick up lines in the shop, these jungle star fish are great for weddings, collecting, craft shows or beach decor themed rooms, hanging in nets or even your office desk ... they fit in anywhere! Please e-mail or phone for bulk purchases

£2.50 each
£20 for 10


 


 

Egg Cowrie Shells

Egg Cowrie Shell

Egg Cowrie Shells

Our egg cowrie shells are from the same family as the tiger cowries but clearly very white with some colouring inside the lip. The neutral colour makes these egg cowrie shells a favourite of "grown ups" whilst the tiger cowries on this same page are generally purchased by and for little people in our shops. These ones are great as wedding white shell favours and we recommend them mixed and displayed with pearlized trocas. Popular as wedding seashell decorations.

7 to 9 cms

£2.50 each
£20 for 10

 

 

Bonnet Shell - DG8728

These unusual smaller seashells are light to hold and have a beautiful uniform pattern to the exterior.  

5 cms in diameter.

£1.99 each
£3 for 2

 

 

Milk Conch - DG8792

These beautiful conch shells are a good weight and found in the Phillipines. In fact the one we're looking at weighs over 700 grammes and they have a nice thick look to them with different shades of brown and caramel - one for the centre of your shell display.

15 cms (5 ins) long

£9.95 each
£18 for 2

 

 

Orange Spider Conch - DGSH71

Orange Spider Conch

As the name implies these orange spider conchs are a little more orange around the lip than our other small conchs and they have an interesting look to them from both sides as illustrated in our picture.

13 to 14 cms

£2.50 each
£20 for 10

 

 

Carved Marlin Spike Sea Shell

Carved Marlin Spike Sea Shell

Carved Marlin Spike Sea Shell

These beautiful carved and polished auger Indo Pacific shells are one of our favourites and are striking in their appearance. We sell these polished at a great price and they retain a natural appearance due to their sandy tigery colour and wonderful shape. These are very popular with our corporate clients but several grouped together in a glass jar or as a window display will create a striking shell decoration in the most "beachy" or contemporary home. Also great table decorations for a sea shell themed wedding.

8 to 13 cms

£2.50 each
£20 for 10

 

Tonna Allium Sea Shells

Tonna Allium Sea Shells

We're always surprised how beautiful these devils of the sea look in any seashell display. If you made the mistake of shrinking to several inches in height and swimming past one deep in Indo Pacific waters the chances are a marine snail of inferior size to you would emerge from the pretty brown lined shell and eat you for breakfast. Having said that, these tonna allium shells are stunning with soft brown and cream lines which make for an excellent shell decoration in beach decor themed rooms.

8 to 10 centimetres

£2.50 each
£20 for 10


 

Pink Cabibe Mussel Sea Shell 10cm (4ins) upwards

Pink Cabibe Mussel

If we say so ourselves, these are really stunning shells and at a whopping minimum of 4 inches across are certainly big enough to display all on their own. These are polished and we have a spread of these with turbo sarmaticus in our very own bathroom! Great for weddings and any event requiring shell decoration too. We recently sent out a quantity of these where the wedding party were writing the individual seating list on the tip of these pink coral coloured shells. Not always easy to source so please email info@dorsetgifts.com for bulk purchase orders.

£2.50 each
£20 for 10

OUT OF STOCK

If you are specifically looking for pink shells, then you might want to consider the Pink Mexican Trochas.

 

Murex Shell 8 to 10 cm ( 3 to 4 ins)

Murex Shell

The popularity of these shallow water murex shells can probably be found in the fact that they're twisty turny shells with lots of interesting shape to them and can be displayed pink lip up, pink lip down or on just about any of their sides as the brushed brown on white looks as pretty as the pink open lip of the shell. Lovely additions to shell collections for both inside and outside your home and they look great grouped with pectin scallops in a shell decoration. The Romans used these murex shells 2000 years ago to produce a purple blue indigo dye which was secreted from the glands inside the shell. They are abundant along the west coast of Africa to this very day and can also to be found on European Atlantic shores. Please e-mail or call to buy shells at bulk prices.

£2.50 each
£20 for 10

 

 

Saddle Shell Wind Chime

Saddle Shell Wind Chime

Saddle Shell Wind Chime

 

Exclusive to Dorset Gifts

These purple saddle shells are unique and very unusual. Importantly, when a light wind is blowing the sound they make is quite beautiful. Three together creates a calming seaside sound and pleasant look. They have five large saddle shells and a nylon thread connecting them all with a simple loop at the top for hanging.

Minimum 30cms long from top to bottom.

£2.99 each
£7.50 for 3

 

Sputnik Sea Urchin 5 to 8 cms

Sputnik Sea Urchin

We call these our "designer" shells, because a lot of interior designers like to buy these sputnik sea urchins in bulk. They're bobbly and bubbly and there's nothing else out there quite like them, but please note that these sputnik sea urchins have a very fragile shell so are probably best out of the reach of younger members of the household. A tube foot or gill would once have extended out of each of the small holes you can see in the picture. The raised tubercles would have supported a spine. You can therefore show these to your friends and have the opportunity to use the word "tubercle" which is clearly one of the lesser used but most beautiful in the English Language. Grouped together these beautiful sputnik sea urchins create a wonderful effect. You're staring in to the eyes of the natural world! On a tastier note, still very much considered a delicacy on dining tables from Sumatra to Zanzibar! If you are fond of beach decor, these are an ideal addition to your room or as wedding sea shell decorations. Please e-mail or call to buy seashells at bulk prices.

Popular as beach themed wedding decorations.

£2.50 each
£20 for 10

 



Also available in the smaller size of 4 to 6 cms

£1.45 each

 

Alfonso Sea Urchin DG927 - 3 to 4 inches

Alfonso sea urchin

Ladies and Gentlemen, from the deep seas of the North Australian Coast and eastwards towards Asia, we bring you Alfonso sea urchins. They vary a little in colour from the pale sea green in the images to a lightish more Thames Estuary brown! We individually wrap these very delicate urchins which on average only weigh 20 grammes but closer to 150 grammes when carefully wrapped. If you want them green just put a note in the Special Requests box at checkout. They say no two of these are exactly the same.

£2.99 each
£5 for 2

 

Sand Dollars

Decorative Sand dollars to buy

Sand dollars, washed up on the shore and bleached by the sun - perhaps they do look like American dollars but they are in fact a form of squashed sea urchin that wanders along the ocean floor face down eating all in its path - and is a relation of the sea cucumber and starfish. Sorry to have dispelled any myths regarding these being silver coins lost by mermaids. Oh, and the interesting pattern on them, that's their feet! If you want to buy decorative sand dollars then these are great for nautically themed events.

Approximately 4cms in diameter

£0.50 each
£4.50 for 10
£8.00 for 20

 

Tigerina Mussels - polished 7 to 8cms

Tigerina Mussels

Another striking shell with good weight behind it and polished tigerina mussel clam shells aren't too easy to source, so if you do require a larger quantity please email info@dorsetgifts.com first so we can give you a definite dispatch date. These are quite beautiful shells and as with all our shell products come to you from sustainable and renewable sources. They make pretty wedding shell decorations.

£2.50 each
£20 for 10


 

Carved Pearlized Trochas

Carved Pearlized Trochas

Carved Pearlised Trocha Shells

Carved Pearlised Trocha Shell

Spiral pearlized trochas have been carved to create this unique spirally effect - worth a couple of these in amongst other trocha shells to compare their versitality! Great as wedding shell decorations.

5 to 6 cms

£2.50 each
£20 for 10


 

Marble Cone - Conus Marmoreus 8-10 cms - QT4010

Marble Cone - Conus Marmoreus

Marble Cone Shells

Sometimes referred to as just "cones" these polished intricately patterned marble cone shells are probably the most popular and collectible in the shop. They look especially good in small clusters anywhere around the home. Please e-mail or call to buy shells at bulk prices

£2.50 each
£20 for 10


 

Lambis Chiragra - Spider Conch 5 to 6 ins

Lambis Chiraga Shells

The Lambis Chiragra is an Indo Pacific shallow water shell with fingerlike projections and pretty markings. These shells are a species of large sea snail and perfect in fishnet displays or as house decorations. Please e-mail for bulk price.

£2.50 each
£20 for 10


 

 

 

Turbo Sarmaticus 7-8cms - QT4080

Turbo Sarmaticus Shells

Probably our prettiest and most delicate shell. These turbo sarmaticus have been copper dyed and polished to perfection to enhance the beautiful colours of these natural shells. Lovely against oak, mahogany or other dark woods. Please e-mail for bulk buying discount.

£5.95 each
£25 for 5

 

 

 

Mini Cowries - minimum 3 cms

Mini cowrie shells

We have good stock levels of these unusual mini cowries although still a minimum of 3 centimetres in length and they have a slight polish to them. The question is, do they look best with lip facing down or lip visible and facing up? We think scattered in both positions so we can see just how delicate and beautiful these cowries are. These shells can added to our pick and mix selection.

£2.50 for 5

 

 

Brown Heart Cockle - DG4056 - 8 to 10 cms

Brown Heart Cockle shell

These are quite heavy and found in sheltered sandy beaches and shallow tropical waters of the Western Pacific. You are buying a whole cockle but they can of course easily open as shown to separate the two interesting shapes of the heart. The reddish brown colours make this cockle shell an easy one to mix with lighter seashells displayed on this page.

£4 each

 

 

 

 

Medium Brown Cockles - DG8822

Back by popular demand are our medium brown cockles sourced from all over the world including the British Isles - measuring 2 to 3 cms and unpaired.

£2 for 20
£4 for 50

 

 

 

Sea Urchin Wands - DG8599

Sourced from the Phillipines - has anyone seen these in action? Our UK equivalent are razor clams and you can see them by taking a packet of salt down to any seaside estuary on the coast when the tide is out. You know those little dots on the sand? Drop a little salt down them and if you're very patient and a little lucky, a razor clam may pop it's head up - then you have to be quick! Our sea urchin wands are 5 to 7 cms and come in beautiful colours!

£2.95 for 10
£5 for 20

 

 

 

Shell Basket with Starfish 6ins - KT4052

Shell Basket with Starfish

Much larger than the usual shell baskets seen on the internet and with an interesting collection of African and Asian shells. We do have smaller and larger sizes although the 8 inch shell baskets represent the best value for money.

£7.99 each
£20 for 3

Please e-mail for bulk purchases

 

 

Large bag of polished shells

Large bag of polished shells

Large bag of polished shells

Large bag of polished shells

Our larger sea shell bags of polished shells come with bigger shells than the smaller 350 grammes unpolished shell bags below. They weigh approximately 700 grammes and contain about twenty different and interesting varities of shell which are of a size that we could sell individually in the shop. They will include polished trochas, scallops, snails, murexes and cowries and represent great value showing lots of colours. A couple of shell bags will create a great shell display or theme for the home. A good way to buy an interesting variety of attractive shells. We have a picture here of the shells inside and outside the bag provided. There are about 20 shells in each bag measuring on average 7cms and most of them are polished having been sourced in the Philippine Islands.

£7.99 each
£15 for 2

 

 

Net Shell Bag 350g (15137)

Net shell bag

Excellent roped shell bags weighing 350 grammes. An interesting selection of beach shells. Please email us for special rates when considering bulk purchases of these shell bags.

£3.99 each
£7 for 2
£10 for 3

 

 

Pink Sea Urchins

Pink sea urchins

Pink sea urchin

I did have a very well dressed lady pick one of these up in the shop and ask me if it was a street urchin. Well... almost, and why are they called urchins, which is another name for hedgehog? It's quite confusing so we've grouped all our street urchins (or shall we call them Dorset guttersnipes?) together to make it easier for the well dressed lady and you, our internet late night shoppers. These pink sea urchins are very pretty in a light shade of pink and we're offering 10 for £4.50 at a minimum size of 4 cms diameter. They do look fetching in small groups and mixed with our sputnik sea uchins. Bubblewrap will outweigh the urchin! Popular as beach themed wedding decorations.

£0.50 each
£4.50 for 10

 

Heart Cockle Shell Garland

Heart Cockle Shell Garland

Heart Cockleshell Garland

Cockle Shell Garland

Our heart cockle shell garlands are always in demand and are approximately 25cms across and 18 cms in height. They are made of hundreds of beautiful small heart cockle shells so what better shape to work towards than that of a heart? These are popular as a decorative line in pairs and sought after as wedding seashell themed party decorations too. They come complete with a small hanging attachment at the top. Please email info@dorsetgifts.com if requiring more than six for a bulk purchase price.

£20 each
£35 for 2

 

Cockleshell Heart - DGHEARTTROT

These cockleshell hearts are one sided and have a wood effect inner heart - perhaps useful if using these as wedding decor?

25 cms deep and 30 cms wide.

£9.95 each
£18 for 2

OUT OF STOCK

 

Heart Cockle Balls - DGHB

Fine heart cockle balls for sale and 4 inches in diameter - a bit bigger than a tennis ball or the size of an impressive orange and great sea themed decor, ever popular as wedding table decorations - they roll quite nicely!

£5.99 each
£10 for 2

 

Barnacles

Barnacle shells

Barnacles - decorative shells

Barnacles

Barnacles

Barnacles

Barnacles

...blistering but beautiful.

If you've ever walked by the sea near piers, boats or rocks you're sure to have been near barnacles. They're small shell fish which glue themselves to rocks, ships and even whales and wait for their meal to swim past. They live in shallow and tidal waters and are related to crabs and lobsters. They're not a boat's best friend as barnacles can damage the structure of a boat as well as reduce a ship's speed by 50% once they have formed a crust upon its hull. But apart from all this, we think these purple barnacles are beautiful and they measure a minimum of 4 inches in height, depth and width. Extremely delicate in this form, they could break a little in transit but should come to you in one piece at the minimum size stated and if a barnacle or two is dislodged it should not affect the overall visual appeal. A great nautical decoration and centrepiece around other shells.

All barnacles are different but we will try to send you an item that reflects as closely as possible, the type shown in the images.

Minimum 4 inches high, wide and deep.

£8.99 each
£16 for 2
£23 for 3

 

 

Pectin Scallops with Barnacles

Pectin Scallops with Barnacles

Pectin Scallops with Barnacles

 

These are quite unique and the colours of the pectins vary - see the image further up the page of the pectins on their own. They have tiny barnacles stuck on them to create a very interesting sealife combination.

7 to 9cms

£2.50 each
£20 for 10

 


 

Mitre Regina Seashells - DGSH106

Mitre Regina Seashell

Mitre Regina Shell

These small mitre regina seashells have absolutely stunning colours and are often used as craft shell decoration as well as stand alone display. Please note that they are very small but strong shells - our picture of them in the murky but sunny waters of Poole Harbour do make them look larger than life, but they're small shells in a big harbour measuring between 5 and 5.5 cms. These probably have the most beautiful colourings you will find of any sea shell in our opinion (which doesn't count for much!)

5 to 5.5cms

£2.95 each
£20 for 10

OUT OF STOCK

 


 

Spondylus Chinensis - DG098

Spondylus Chinensis Shell

Spondylus Chinensis

Spondylus Chinensis Shell

These beautiful spondylus sea shells for sale are sought after by collectors and we are often low on stock levels. Neolithic people (the ones that nearly looked like us but had hairier arms about 5000 years ago) were making bangles from these for fun but we'd probably consider them a bit thorny and spiky for our wrists these days. Some of these seashells will open down the middle and create 2 shells or even one open shell and although we sell them as unopened pairs, you could split some of them and double your money. Great value, beautiful colours.

7 to 9 cms

£2.95 each
£15 for 6
£20 for 10


 

Saddle Shell

These beautiful saddle shells from the Philippines take their name from their shape although we've never seen a purple saddle, not at Hickstead anyway but perhaps they have them in the Philippines where these originate from. They are nicely sized at 3 to 4 inches and a great seller for craft work or interesting cover in a shell display - not commonly found but definitely one for the collection. 

£0.99 each
£3.50 for 4

Sets of 4 are available in Pick 'n Mix


 

Wood and Rivershell Dish - DG7401S - min 12 cms

These are a great idea as the river shells have been encased to make them sit flat on a surface. We do sell a lot of abalones for use as bathroom sea shell soap dishes and they fit this purpose, but the rivershell dish can make life easier for the cleaner and designer with its flat bottom! The rivershell within has been pearlised. Lots of uses for this polisheed shell bowl for the interior designer! A contemporary bathroom gift with its place in the living room or kitchen too.

Min 12 cms across

£9.99 each
£17 for 2

 


 

Judd's Scallop Shells

Judd's Scallop Shells

Judds Scallop Shells

Judd's Scallops

Beautiful purple colours abound in our unpaired Judd's scallop shells - by unpaired we mean that they do not have two scallop sides as illustrated in our pectin scallops, but these really are the shells to mix in with larger shell displays and supplies are limited at this price. Our preferred shell scattered amongst mini purple clams (see Craft Shells page).

4.5 to 7 cms

35p each
£3 for 10
£15 for 50


 

Zodiac Cowrie Shell - DG4009Q

These tiger cowrie seashells with carved zodiac signs are approximately 8 cms in length and we have them in all signs of the zodiac. They make pretty and attractive gifts.

£2.50 each

Zodiac Sign:

 

Seashell and Gemstone Pick 'n Mix

10 shells or gemstones for £20

Have a look at the items, decide which ones you want then enter the number of items required against their name and click on the 'Add to Basket' button below.

THE DISCOUNT WILL ONLY APPLY IF YOU ADD AT LEAST 10 PICK 'N MIX ITEMS FROM THE LIST BELOW TO THE ORDER IN ONE GO.

Gemstones, Rocks and Minerals

Quartz Points

Ammonites

Citrine Points

Agate Slices - Mainly Blue

Agate Slices - Mainly Purple

Amethyst Point

Fools Gold

Amethyst

Rose Quartz

Natural Geodes

Mixed Mini Geodes

 

Seashells

Knobbly Starfish

Longspine Murex Indivia

Conus Figulinus

Banded Green Turbo Shell - DG017 OUT OF STOCK

Turbo Silvermouth DG4143S - 5 to 8 cms

Harpa Shells - DG039 OUT OF STOCK

Murex Haustellum

Murex Negrispinosis

Cloth of Gold Cone Shell

Map Cowrie Shell

Lambis Scorpius

Pointer or Finger Starfish (Min 7ins)

Tiger Starfish 10 to 15 cms - QT4111

Egg Cowrie Shells

Orange Spider Conch - DGSH71

Carved Marlin Spike Sea Shell

Tonna Allium Sea Shells

Spondylus Chinensis - DG098

Pink Cabibe Mussel Sea Shell 10cm (4ins) OUT OF STOCK

Murex Shell 8 to 10 cm

Saddle Shell Wind Chime

Sputnik Sea Urchin 5 to 8 cms

Tigerina Mussels - polished 7 to 8cm

Pearlised Troca Shell 5 to 7 cm

Carved Pearlized Trochas

Marble Cone - Conus Marmoreus 8-10 cms - QT4010

Mitre Shells 4 to 5 inches - QT 4026

Lambis Chiragra - Spider Conch 5 to 6 ins

5 x Unpolished Natural Abalone - DGS1211

Mini Cowries - minimum 3 cms x 5 shells

Pectin Scallops with Barnacles

Mitre Regina Seashells - DGSH106 OUT OF STOCK

Set of four Saddle Shells

5 x Codakia Tigerina - DGS109

Turbo Pethoratus

Banded Turbo Pethoratus

Banded Frog Mussel

Green Turbo Silvermouth - 5 cms

Mother of Pearl Disc

Sea Shell Disc

Zodiac Cowrie Shell
(please specify star sign under Special Request at checkout)

Sugar Starfish 4 to 6 cms OUT OF STOCK

Sugar Starfish 10 to 15 cms OUT OF STOCK

Polished Turtle Limpet Shells - DGSH87 OUT OF STOCK

 

Yoka Star Turban Shell - 6 to 7 cms

Yoka Star Turban Shell

Certainly not a common seashell and officially known as Guildfordia Yoka, these Yoka Star Turbans are very delicate, light and pretty seashells and are found in tropical waters all the way from Japan right down to Australia and sit on rocky sea beds or as deep as 500 metres in sea waters in this area. The Yoka Star Turban Shells have several spines with the turban like centre which ranges in colour from a coppery brown to pink. Ours measure approximately 7 cms in diameter including the spines. and are usually in short supply. These are from the turbinidae family and are classed as deeper water sea snails. A great addition to any collection if you want something a little different from the norm. Remember, light, small. delicate. pretty and different these are great decorative shell ideas!

£3.99 each
£7 for 2

OUT OF STOCK