19/10/2010 by Sarah Ritchie
On any given summer’s day it is guaranteed that copious quantities of seashells will find their way into suburban homes via pockets, bags and buckets.
Countless minutes will be spent fossicking along beaches in search of the perfect shell…the pretty shell…the quirky shell.
It is difficult to imagine that what was once the home of a sea creature would be such an object of beauty and fascination for humans!
My favourite shell, by far, is the paua (New Zealand abalone, pictured). Apparently there is no other shell in the world that has the colour of paua shell. What a fortunate mollusk it is to live in such a palace! Look at the perfect colour palette of this iridescent shell – the colour combination of the shell’s interior is exquisite.
When I was a child, my mother would take me hunting for a special type of shell on Takapuna Beach (Auckland, New Zealand). The shells were fragile, small and flat-ish discs of pearly gold and silver – just the type of rare treasure every child covets. Fortunately I kept a small collection of them over the years (pictured below) as – last time I looked – there were none to be found. I would love to know what kind of shell they are.
Shells are one of the smaller natural beauties and we can easily overlook their amazing, intricate designs. If you are looking for inspiration for colour combinations, shapes and patterns, take a trip to your local seashore! If you spend some time admiring God’s miniature marine architecture, you’re sure to be impressed. The experience will enrich your soul – if not through the wonder and beauty of the shells, then from the feeling of the sand between your toes and the smell of the fresh sea air!