Ormer shell pendant. Real teeny tiny ormer shells with sterling silver handmade headpin wire and a freshwater pearl in each.
Length of shell will vary, my most popular size is between 30-45mm overall length including handmade hanging loop. Please specify if you would like a certain size. Please be aware that these are natural shells and will vary slightly in colour and other chracteristics.
The Ormer is a protected species in Guernsey waters and collecting them is strictly controlled. There are only a few ‘Ormering tides’ a year, when these delicate creatures are allowed to be taken from the beaches. Diving for them is prohibited, they must only be collected by wading, and only when they reach a certain size and level of maturity. The ormer shells used in my jewllery are much smaller than those allowed to be collected, they are the natural wastage from the old Roquaine Ormer farm, which has now closed due to retirement. Ormers are no longer farmed in Guernsey.