Shell Grading

Gem : Specimens will be fully adult and of average size, without any blemishes or flaws. Immaculate

Gem minus :Minor flaw or blemish which is very hard to find and in no way detracts from the beauty of the specimen.

Fine +++ :Specimen has a minor flaw or blemish which is only just visible and does not quite fall into the Gem minus classification. The flaw will in no way detract from the beauty of the specimen.

Fine ++ :Specimens with noticeable blemishes, minor chip or growth lines which do not detract from the beauty of the specimen.

Fine + :Specimens have minor chips, growth lines, blemishes or other visible flaws. These specimens display well and represent good value for money.

Fine :Specimens found freshly dead and/ or with chips and/ or other flaws. Still display well.

Any specimens which we feel fall in between the above categories will be graded accordingly.