The jewelry grade shells are fresh shells that have been washed in cold water and never heated. This makes them easier to work with when making jewelry. They have extensive purple. Ideal for manufacturing.
These are sold by the half shell; they do not come in pairs. Each shell is approximately 3" long by 2" wide and weighs approximately 30 grams. The jewelry grade shells are smaller in size than the other quahog shells.
The quahog (or quahaug) is native to the eastern shores of North America. There are specialist names for different sizes of this species of clam. The smallest clams are called countnecks, next size up are littlenecks, then topnecks. Above that are the cherry stones, and the largest are called quahogs or chowder clams. The shells have been shucked and cleaned in cold water.
This species is not endangered. The shells are a by-product of the food industry and come from sustainable fisheries.
A USFWS export permit is required for all exports outside of the U.S.