Published July 2015  •  Updated February 2024  •  Read Time: 6 minutes
Sand Dollars are the shell of an irregular sea urchin.  These marine creatures live in shallow ocean water and the shells will sometimes wash up on shore.  Occasionally the shells will be covered up and eventually transform into a fossil.  Energetically, they combine the essence of all fossils with the lore of Sand Dollars.  They evoke both land and water, lost civilizations and mermaids, religious ideals as well as the hope for money and prosperity.  Sand Dollar Fossils come in almost 50 different species varieties.  The majority of those sold on the market come from France, Madagascar, Morocco and the United States.

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Sand Dollar Fossil Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Sand Dollar Fossil offers a unique link between Earth and Water energies, a potent combination which can lead to personal growth on many levels! It invites us to live more magically – to dare the impossible and to dream big. But it also encourages us to do the work to make our dreams come true. Fortune favors the bold, and Sand Dollar Fossil teaches us to to deserve victory and to feel worthy of receiving great abundance.

Metaphysical Properties Sand Dollar Fossil
Chakra Root and Sacral
Element Water
Numerology 2 and 8
Zodiac Virgo and Pisces

Emotional Healing Properties

Sand Dollar Fossil offers us a fresh start, a chance to shake off our old “baggage” and step into a beautiful new life! It has a playful energy inviting us to let our worries go and allow our hearts to be young and innocent again. Sand Dollar Fossil can also help us to dive deep within; to explore our emotions better, and to recognize emotional patterns that no longer serve us so that they can be released. It also reminds us to actively connect on a regular basis with our dearest friends and family members. Sand Dollar Fossil helps us to recognize and celebrate how lucky we truly are.

Mental Healing Properties

Sand Dollar Fossil is a wonderful stone for stimulating new ideas, from artistic creativity to business strategies. It helps us to invest further in our own success. It is particularly helpful for anyone who suffers from negative financial beliefs, and can help us to create more positive thought patterns around money, abundance, and our own worthiness. Sand Dollar Fossil helps us to realize that money is nothing more than a tool, and wielded correctly it can bring great joy and peace to ourselves as well as to others.

Physical Healing Properties

Sand Dollars are the only creature that can clone themselves for purely defensive reasons, rather than reproductive. They split into two smaller sand dollars when the sense predators are nearby. This makes it a fascinating talisman for anyone who is immunocompromised and needs to take extra precautions. It helps us to see the early signs and warnings, long before a problem develops and to follow a “better safe than sorry” philosophy. If other people are critical of our precautions, Sand Dollar fossil shields us from self-doubt and encourages us to be logical rather than emotional. If the signs of danger are there, only a fool would ignore them! Sand dollar fossils also make fun talismans for the feet.

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Sand Dollar Fossil Mineralogy

Where does Sand Dollar Fossil come from?

Fossils are found around the world, but large deposits are relatively rare.  Some of the best deposits are protected areas and the fossils remain in place.  Most Sand Dollar fossils on the market come from Madagascar and the United States, but there are also notable deposits in France and Morocco.

Mining and Treatments

Most Fossils are mined from the primary deposit and typically in their original relationship with the host rock.   Fossils may be found 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 finds.  Sand Dollar fossils are sometimes found on beaches or near oceans, but they can be found far inland where ancient seas used to be.

While fake fossils can be made, it is typically only worthwhile if the fossil is exceptionally valuable, such as a dinosaur.  Fossil Sand Dollars are natural, enhanced only by cutting and polishing.

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Mineral Family

A fossil is the remnant or impression of an organism which lived in the past. Fossils come in many different forms and, depending on what is being preserved, the fossilization process can also be very different.  The three most common forms of fossils are unaltered preservation (most shells, fossil teeth, and organic material in Amber), mineral preservation (Petrified Wood and most dinosaur bones), and fossil impressions (leaf prints and footprints).

Unaltered preservation typically involves marine or lake dwelling invertebrates, such as coral, mollusks, sponges, etc.   The organism is fossilized in an unaltered state, a process aided by the fact that the animals’ skeleton is calcareous (calcium carbonate) and can remain virtually unchained when fossilized.  Calcium carbonite is also the main chemical components of Aragonite and Calcite.  Most Sand Dollars are yellow or white,  just like the surrounding sedimentary rock.

Shell Fossil’s energy works well with its family – other Fossils.  Try it in combination with Agatized CoralPetrified Wood, Shell Fossil, Turritella Agate, and Vatican Stone.

Sand Dollar Fossil Formation and Crystal Associates

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 the remains gradually turn into stone.  Fossilized Sand Dollar is the preserved remains of an ancient species of Sea Urchin

Sand Dollar Fossil’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Celestine.

Mineralogy Sand Dollar Fossil
Rock Type Fossil – unaltered preservation
Major Minerals Calcium and Aragonite
Color Typically yellow or white
Texture Vitreous
Transparency Opaque
Special Features Distinct fossil

History of Sand Dollar Fossil

Sand Dollars are the internal skeletons of Sea Urchins. Most of the time when we think of Sea Urchins we picture a brightly colored marine invertebrate, a ball with thick spines on the ocean floor. (Just waiting to be stepped on by a careless swimmer.) These spiky marine animals are “regular Sea Urchins” a broad category which includes hundreds of distinct species. Most of them live in the open water or on reefs.

A specialized sub-category of Sea Urchins are the “irregular” species. These are the few dozen species who are smooth and flat. They live in shallow water with sandy bottoms. Their spines are very short and so they appear “fuzzy” to the human eye. These spines are specially designed to move around sediment, and push food towards the creature’s mouth, located in the center of the petal-like pattern. These irregular Sea Urchins are often brightly colored, ranging between purple, blue, and green.  When these irregular Sea Urchins die, their soft outer body (the “fuzzy” hair) decomposes, leaving only the skeleton behind. These skeletons routinely wash up on nearby sandy beaches, much like shells do, and are bleached sandy white by the sun. Occasionally, these skeleton “Sand Dollars” will be fossilized after being covered with sediment.

There have been 78 species of Irregular Sea Urchins, 49 of which are extinct and known only by their fossil remains. Most skeletal remains are commonly referred to as “Sand Dollars,” a name given by English-speaking beachcombers who were reminded of old silver American or Spanish dollars. Some species, who are not quite so flat, are called “Sea Biscuits,” and likewise species found in coastal New Zealand are known as “Sea Cookies” and “Snapper Biscuits.” Presumably because they are the same size and shape as little bite-size cookies! The skeletons that wash up on South African beaches, are called “Pansy Shells,” because their five “petals” reminded beachcombers of pansy flowers.

In addition to giving them their names, beachcombers are also responsible for many of the legends associated with Sand Dollars. They have been associated with mermaids, seen as loose change, carelessly dropped by merfolk, which, when found by humans gives us access to a new kind of “magical abundance.” Sand Dollars have also been described as the currency used by the citizens of Atlantis, after the civilization plunged into the sea. Christian beachcombers saw rich symbolism in the star shape, linking it to the Star of Bethlehem and Jesus’ birth, as well the Easter Lily and Jesus’ Resurrection. When some Sand Dollars are broken, five little “doves” (the mouth of the Sea Urchin) fall out. These are the “doves” of peace and joy, flying out to spread good will and cheer.

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