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  • What is Tridacna Gigantea?
    Tridacna Gigantea are the largest species in the Tridacnidae family, which contains all giant clam species. Tridacna Gigantea became extinct around 180,000 years ago, during the later Pleistocene period, when sea levels suddenly rose by about 20 meters. As a result of the sea rise, the algae living in symbiosis with the clam could not get enough sunlight for ‘photosynthesis’, thereby starving the Gigantea to death. As for Giganteas, nearly 200,000 years after their extinction, extremely rare, fossilized shells have been found along the East Africa coast in ancient limestone reefs, 1-7 meters in depth. The size of the shell and the depth of where it was found can also tell the story of its history and indicate its age.
  • What are Tridacna Gigantea made from?
    All shells are made up of a calcium compound. One of the minerals found in the compound of a Tridacna is aragonite. After thousands of years deeply embedded underground, the aragonite has fossilized, transforming into a crystal called ammolite. The surface of the shells shine with luster as it has transformed to crystal.
  • Can a Tridacna Gigantea contain a pearl?
    Tridacna Gigantea can contain baroque blister pearls, which are the most rare and precious pearls known to exist.
  • What is the main use for Tridacna Gigantea?
    The giant shell is sought after as a luxury wash basin, vase, fountain or as a rare object to enhance a space. Polished to perfection, the inner shell gleams in contrast to its raw exterior.
  • Can we get transport, insurance, or installation through the Venus Collection?
    Absolutely, our logistics company can quote this for you depending on your location and the weight and dimension of your shell.
  • It looks like shells have holes drilled in them when they are made into sinks or fountains. Can the Venus Collection help with doing that?
    Yes, our team can drill holes for you according to the drain size you will be using.
  • These are beautiful pieces, and we understand all of them are unique, but what can we expect from a pricing standpoint?
    Currently, clamshells prices start at $5,000 and go up from there depending on their quality grading and size.
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