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|Necklace Made From Fossil Treasure Coast Sea Shell|
A lot of different kinds of treasure can be found on a beach. Of course there are the shipwreck treasures, coins and modern jewelry. Those are all made of metal, but there are other kinds of treasure as well. You might also see sea glass that has been tumbled smooth by the ocean, lithic artifacts such as arrow heads or rare sea shells.
I often say there is always something to find. When looking for one thing you might find another.
Different things will show up when the conditions change. When conditions are not good for hunting old coins, the conditions might be just right for hunting old sea shells.
Sea shells can be a few days old, but they can also be millions of years old. Very old fossil sea shells are occasionally washed up on the beach after becoming dislodged by rough weather. Or they can be dredged up during renourishment projects.
You might even be able to find a sea shell that contains calcite crystals, something like those that grow at world famous Rucks Pit.
Rare sea shells can be valuable. Small sea shells that have nice druzy crystals are highly desirable and used to make unique one-of-a-kind jewelry. Nice druzy shells will easily sell to people who make that type of jewelry.
It is not easy to find old druzy shells on the beach, but it does happen. Rolling in the surf, sea shells are worn down, and that will often remove the crystals.
At the top of this post is a picture of one very old sea shell that has some nice calcite crystals.
|Top of Same Shell That Was Made Into A Necklace|
Probably thousands or millions of years old, you can see the nice yellow druzy crystals inside the beginning of the first turn (left).
Shells like that won't be easy to find at the beach.
|Treasure Coast Beach-Found Fossil Turtle Scute Turned Into Necklace.|
If you like old things, why settle for tens or hundreds of years old? There are fine rare items to be found on the beach that can be millions of years old.
The two unique necklaces shown above were sold on Etsy by the Angel Heart Creations shop.
On June 29, 2016, a 400 carat diamond will be auctioned by Sotheby's. Estimates suggest the tennis ball sized diamond might sell for as much as $70 million.
Here is the link.
Visit Florida, the state's official tourism marketing corporation, did a YouTube video using treasure hunting/metal detecting to promote tourism. I hear from a lot of people that visit Florida to metal detect the beaches.
Here is the link.
Thanks to Steve for pointing to the Visit Florida videos.
I have a lot more to discuss about the shipwreck treasures of the Treasure Coast, but won't get into that today.
The surf is still small on the Treasure Coast. It will increase up to three or four feet Thursday and Friday.