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Healing Properties of Fossilized Shell

Spiritual: Fossilized Shell reminds us that we are always growing and being given opportunities to become an even better version of ourselves.  It teaches us an amazing kind of balance – showing us how to protect the soft parts of ourselves so they don’t get traumatized or jaded, while simultaneously showing us how to remain open to the full experience of living.  When we walk in this balance, our spirit remains filled with Light and we are happy and peaceful.  Intimately engaged with everything around us, yet strong and grounded within ourselves. Fossilized Shell is attuned to the Root Chakra and the astrological signs of Virgo and Pisces. It is connected to the element of Water and vibrates to the numbers 2 and 8.

Emotional: Fossilized Shell helps us to feel relaxed and at ease no matter where we are.  It connects us with the sea of our own emotions and teaches us to recognize that our emotions are constantly shifting, rising and ebbing, like the tides. This type of thinking helps us to become less attached to our feelings, to simply enjoy the good feelings when they arise and to be gentle with the painful ones in their turn.  Fossilized Shell also encourages us to cooperate and work well with others when joined in service for the Greater Good. It helps us to go with the flow a little easier and to not take every moment, or our own egos, so seriously.

Mental: Fossilized Shell stimulates our intuition, imagination and adaptability. It helps us to clearly understand and categorize our mental processes and to make swift and good decisions. Fossilized Shell encourages us to be curious and willing to embrace new innovations.  It helps us to stay organized and focused on whatever is most important and to continually seek more efficient ways of being. However, Fossilized Shell also reminds us to be careful lest perfection becomes the enemy of the good.  Fossilized Shell gently nudges us to seek the good and to rejoice in it without constantly trying for better.

Physical: Fossilized Shell is recommended for introverts who tend to feel emotionally and physically drained by the energies of other people.  It reminds us that it’s perfectly reasonable to retreat into own quiet sanctuary and re-energize ourselves with activities that relax and restore our equilibrium.  Fossilized Shell encourages us to live in balance with our own natural rhythms and with the rhythms of the natural world, rather than trying to keep pace with the intense bustle of human society.  It is an excellent talisman for problems associated with the skeletal system, particularly the spine.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Shell Fossils

Bivalve Shells in Matrix

Rock Type: Fossil, Unaltered Preservation 

Color: Grey/white
Gravity: Unknown
Hardness: Varies, thin fragile layer on top, hard rock beneath
Luminescence: None
Texture: Shell pattern, vitreous layer on top, dull rock beneath
Transparency: Opaque

Location: Tellina Shell Fossils can be found in numerous locations world wide, dating back anywhere from 66-2.58 million years ago. Most of the fossilized specimens on the market come from Madagascar or the United States.fossilized-shell-mine-locations

Rock Type: Fossilized Shell is the preserved remains of an ancient mollusk shell. Shells are the exoskeletons of various invertebrates, both marine and land. Shells are composed mainly of calcium carbonate, the main chemical component in Calcite and Aragonite.

Formation: Fossils are remnants of organisms living in a past geological age. Most are preserved in fine-grained sedimentary rock such as limestone or shale. Typically the soft parts of the organism decompose quickly and the hard parts, such as shells and bones, remain in place longer. Eventually these shells and bones are either dissolved. The space they occupied may be left as a cast imprint or mold, or replaced by other minerals, such as members of the silica family (such as Quartz, Chalcedony and Jasper) or by Pyrite or Hematite.  In the case of these shell fossils, a thin outer layer of the original shell has been beautiful preserved intact.

Mining: Fossils may be on the surface of the earth or uncovered in any kind of mining environment. Except in the case of extremely valuable fossils, such as dinosaur bones, most fossils are mined as a secondary find, rather than as the primary purpose.

Shell Reef in the dry desert of the Yuha Basin, California, USA

Enhancements: All Seashell Fossils are natural, enhanced only by polishing.

Synonyms: Bivalve Fossil, Clam Fossil

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Fossilized ShellShell Reef

History of Fossilized Shell

Kentuky Shells
Ordovician marine fossils, Kentucky, USA

Seashells and Fossilized Shells have only recently begun to be explored by the metaphysical community.  As a result, they are typically not included in lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. While there are a variety of legends and myths about fresh seashells, their fossilized cousins sit squarely at the center of one of the greatest controversies between science and fundamentalist Christianity.  How old is the Earth?

On many mountaintops, far above sea-level, fossilized shells have been found. How did they get there? All parties agree that these fossils belong to marine animals and at some point their resting place must have been underwater.

noahs ark
“Noah’s Ark” by Edward Hicks (1846)

For centuries, many Christians have pointed to the fossilized shells as proof that the story of Noah’s Ark and a great worldwide flood should be seen as a literal fact.  Few dared to question this idea prior to the modern era.  One early exception was the Renaissance artist and scientist, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) who wryly wrote in one of his journals that clams do not move fast enough to climb from the ocean to the tops of mountains in a mere 40 days and 40 nights. Moreover, there is not enough water on the planet to cover the mountains.  However, most European Natural Philosophers (the name used by early scientists) were also members of the clergy, and so few dared to explore alternative ideas.  In 1650, James Ussher, an Irish bishop and scholar provided a definitive calculation for the age of the Earth, based on the Bible. This calculation states that Creation began at nightfall on Saturday, October 22, 4004 BC.  Modern “Creationists” still use this calculation for the argument that the Earth is a mere 6000 years old.

James Hutton

The first serious challenge to the Flood story was by James Hutton (1726-1797), the Father of Geology.  He was intrigued by fossilized shells, and other odd rock formations in the rocks near his Scottish farm.  Over the course of twenty-five years, he studied the rocky features, ultimately concluding that today’s land is not the “original” land of creation, but rather a composition land formed over a lengthy geologically time span by secondary causes.  As a result, the current land had once been under water where marine animals thrived and left their remains to be fossilized. Later on this land was elevated by various forces in the Earth to its current above sea-level position.  Hutton’s observations produced a firestorm, and many contemporary scientists tried to debunk his claims. But as more and more scientists studied the rock record evidence, it was increasingly clear that Hutton’s theories were correct  Today, geologists estimate that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old.

By 1840, Creationism had been essentially abandoned by serious scientists (although the exact age of the Earth continued to be argued over.)  But, in 1902, George Macready Price (1870-1963), an American Seventh Day Adventist and schoolteacher revived the Creationism model. Despite having no training in geology or paleontology, Price wrote numerous books explaining among other things, how Noah’s Flood was responsible for carrying shells from the ocean to the mountaintops. Following in his footsteps, modern Creationists reject all scientific evidence which suggests anything other than a literal reading of Genesis.

The debate continues to this day, with Creationists arguing that their viewpoint should be taught in public schools, so that students are given a wide range of ideas.  The scientific community, by contrast, loudly considers the Creationist view to be nonsensical and each of its points are regularly debunked.  But whenever the debate is brought up, rest assured that fossilized seashells will soon be brought up!

Photos: Fossilized ShellsNoah’s ArkJames Hutton

Ethically Sourced Shell Fossil


The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary. 

The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals. 

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.







The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is short and clean.

The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.



The Mine

This Shell Fossil was artisanally mined in Madagascar.  

The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,

and would have been relatively low risk for miners. 

Learn More: Ethical Mining


The Lapidary

This Shell Fossil  was polished in Antananarivo, Madagascar.    

The Lapidary is owned by a woman and is a family business. 

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary


Sourcing Relationship

I first met the owner of the lapidary at the 2006 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. At that time I was working for a crystal shop in Utah and was at Tucson primarily as a “pack mule” to help carry all the stones. It was generally agreed by our crew that the “Madagascar” tent contained the most beautiful stones in the entire show.

In 2014, I embarked on my first buying trip for Moonrise Crystals.  The company I knew of only as “Madagascar” was the one company I was most determined to find and buy from. This lapidary company only sells at a handful of major gem shows.  The only time they are in the USA is for the Tucson Gem Show. During the rest of the year, the lapidary hand polishes their stock and also does charity work in their local community.  They continue to offer some of the most beautiful tumbled stones in the industry and are among my favorite suppliers.

In 2019, Moonrise Crystals and the Madagascar lapidary company joined together to financially support a rural school in Madagascar.

Safe Handling of Shell Fossils

Shell Fossil

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Shell Fossil

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: Mainterano, Madagascar

Polishing Method: Polished by hand, one stone at a time. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.


  • Color: Creamy white and/or tan
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Two-sided complete clamshell
  • Size: Average size is 2.5 x 2 x 1 in / 63 x 50 x 25 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is 4 oz / 113 g / 567 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.


  1. Ed M. (Canada)

    Your selections are always a treat and for some reason I become very emotional unwrapping them!

  2. Brooke F. (Texas)

    Perfect transaction. Wonderful place to buy from! Thank you for being you!!<3

  3. Karen W. (Texas)

    I placed a special order for some crystals with Julie for my niece who graduated with a BSc. in Marine Biology. Julie was so responsive and helpful in creating a beautiful and unique collection for my niece. She even went out to the ocean to see what “gift” the ocean would provide and sent along a lovely piece of coral as well. Julie is very knowledgeable and the crystals are gorgeous – with most included that I would not have thought of! She also put in detailed descriptions of each crystal. You cannot go wrong! Julie is so passionate about her work and it shows from every angle! Thank you, Julie for your kindness, thoroughness and patience — and for your huge collection of amazing crystals!

  4. Patricia T. (Ohio)

    O my gosh! This just facinates me! A beautiful fossilzed shell for my very own. Did I mention the yummy tea I received too! Most thoughtful! Thank you!

  5. Tempestt A. (New York)

    Thank you! A+ well packaged. Thanks. Beautiful

  6. Lisa W. (Maryland)

    This is breathtaking and beautiful

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