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The rose murex is a shell of contrasts: the silky smooth, delicate pink interior; and the rough, textural outside. Part of the large muricid family of gastropods, which were harvested by the Phoenicians to extract an expensive and vivid dye known as imperial purple.


The word gastropod comes from Greek and means ‘stomach foot’ - a name that doubtless owes its existence to the unusual anatomy of these creatures.


These typically measure from 9cm to 10cm long. Colours and sizes will vary; these are natural shells and the photograph is of a typical example, not the shell you will receive. If you have any particular requests in terms of colour or size, please pop them in the notes - we’ll do our best to find the shell that comes closest to what you want!

Rose murex shell

  • All the shells we sell in our shop are real and they are from abundant and sustainable sources. The vast majority of these shells are a by product of the food industry, even the really tiny ones (used to make soups!).

    Our suppliers are a socially responsible organisation in the Philippines, paying a fair daily wage, who do not export any current endangered species of any sort. We do not stock items taken solely for decorative purposes such as seahorses, puffer fish, etc.

    All the shells are natural; they’ve just been cleaned and, in some cases, polished and occasionally carved or acid-etched. Isn’t nature amazing!

  • We make every effort to dispatch items within two days and aim for UK delivery within seven days of receiving your order.

    Prices are based on the use of multiple courier systems; Shell Grotto Trading will determine the courier or postal service used on each order.

    UK Delivery

    Standard UK delivery is £4.99, £2.99 for jewellery orders, and £1.99 for greetings cards. Free delivery over £100. We will let you know when your order has been despatched and provide you with tracking information. If you cannot sign for an item on delivery, please let us know. We cannot deliver to PO Boxes.

    Overseas Delivery

    Delivery to EU countries is £14.99, or £9.99 for jewellery or card orders. Deliveries are tracked and take around 4 days. Free delivery over £100.

    Please email us for a delivery quote for countries outside the EU.

    There may be local import duties and/or taxes payable on goods delivered outside the UK. It is the customer’s responsibility to pay these charges.

    Grotto Pickup available.

    Ready in 2 business days

    Please wait for email notification before collecting your order, and bring your order number and ID with you. Our opening hours will be detailed on your email.

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