This shell was found while walking along the beautiful beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Many of the Quahog clam shell are found only in pieces partially due to seabirds. They find the clams, carry them high into the air and drop the down on the rocks or pavement to break them open so that they can feast on the clams hidden inside. Did you know that the pearls found inside these clam shells are purple?
Each piece of my handmade jewelry arrives boxed in a linen box and tied with Organdy ribbon; ready for gift giving.
A little Quahog history:
Quahogs are hard-shelled clams found along the Atlantic Coast, from Canada to Flordia. Their name, "quahog," is a variation of "poquauhock," (po-qua-hock) the Native American name for this clam. In 1758, Linneaus gave the quahog its scientific name, Mercenaria merinaria. because he knew that beads of quahog shell were used for currency in 17th century New England – and that "mercenaria," the Latin word for money, seemed appropriate. The color of theses beads determines their value; the deeper the purple the more valuable the bead. As late as 1788, you could pay your tuition at Harvard College with quahog shell beads, known as wampum. Times have changed, and Harvard now accepts personal checks and credit cards – but not wampum (even for courses in history or marine biology).
Amethyst guards against guilty and fearful feelings. It has been worn as protection from self-deception, as well as used to open the spiritual and psychic centers. It is also used as a meditation aid when worn as a necklace.