Real Rare Nautilus Stripe Shell

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16-19 CM approx. 

One of the most striking and collectible shells, the Chambered Nautilus is now protected and can no longer be imported.

Don’t be fooled by the exterior serenity of this exquisite shell. The Chambered Nautilus is a living fossil that has survived in Earth's oceans for the last 500 million years. The rare and beautiful pearl nautilus grows into increasingly larger chambers throughout its life and so has become a symbol for expansion and renewal. Also said to represent the new moon, also a symbol of new beginnings.

A cross-section of the shell of the Nautilus shows the cycles of its growth as a series of chambers arranged in a near-precise Golden Mean spiral. It starts as a very small shell to protect the animal inside. As the animal grows, it outgrows its safe chamber and the Nautilus shell grows a new larger chamber to accommodate it. If you have ever seen a cross-section of a Nautilus shell you will notice all the small chambers that spiral around and around.

These are all the ‘homes’ the shell has created. This is the essence of its symbolism of growth and evolution.

What a beautiful idea, that as you grow - physically, spiritually, mentally - your protective shell grows around you and protects you as you move through the chambers of your life.


  • Note as each shell is natural and unique, the sizes indicated are approximate.
  • This specimen is protected and not available for export. 
  • Some are polished, some are more matt

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