Worldwide Seashells...

... by Dr. Felix Lorenz


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* behind the size: the offer refers to the specimen in the picture.
"x" after the item number: the
offer refers to a larger series of shells, the picture shows a sample. In these offers, there is no asterisk behind the size.
POR = price on request. These are not necessarily very high prices - I just do not want everybody to see them.

Dear friends,
Sorry to all. Yes, I promised updates but realize I have a long way to go till I have my cowry-list and sales stock in the order I'd like to have it: comprehensive, well-sorted, and efficient to access. This denotes: no updates, and having some research trips ahead, more delays. Perhaps save up till the update comes, it will be worth the waiting.

philosophy in shell business remains the same: no fancy design, ascertained data, honest photos, good shells, fair deals, and the competence and integrity needed to run a shell business responsibly and with respect for the client.

Please also read the terms of sale below.

Happy shelling... life is good

Terms of Sale

Contact: eMail: felix@cowries.info or felix.lorenz@t-online.de for all orders and communication. Mailing address: Fr. Ebert-Str. 12, 35418 Buseck, Germany.

Languages spoken: English, Deutsch, Francais (modeste)


Prices are in Euro, payment should be made within two weeks after receipt, but we can work out a payment plan for larger puchases.

No payment in advance is necessary, unless you are a new customer, then I ask for a 50% deposit after I sent you a quote for your order.

Paypal is ok for any amount (no fees will be charged but, if possible, please mark your payment "to friends and family"): felix.lorenz@t-online.de

Bank transfers are welcome for higher amounts, my banking information will be given by eMail: Volksbank (EU), Wells Fargo (USA), NAB (Australia).

Bank cheques are accepted only for amounts exceeding Eur 500.

NOT accepted: Western Union, Moneygram, and no more credit cards, because managing your data in compliance with the (mindless) DSGVO laws makes it too hard, sorry.


Orders can be sent by eMail (not via Facebook, please), listing: Lot-Number, species name, price, total ordering amount. I will then send you a quote for the order, depending on what is available. Established customers await their shipment and pay conveniently after receipt and approval.

New customers please dont't forget your mailing address with your first order. Minimum ordering amount is 200 Euro.

Postageis 15 to 50 Euros, depending on the size and weight of the box, and whether it is sent trackable or regular. For significant orders it is free (instead of a discount). Unfortunately, the German postal system no longer offers registered mail parcels, which makes sending boxes with tracking and insurance ridiculously expensive.

I'll ship anywhere except to South America, and countries with leaders that are even more crazy than ours.

Returning shells

Returns are no problem within five days after receipt and for whatever reason. The shipment should be declared as "empty seashells (no protected species), returned after study, customs code 97050000901, no commercial value". Please send return shipments by registered Mail, Air Mail from overseas. Please do not use any private mail-services, but the public mail services. Sorry, but shipments sent by "UPS" will be returned to sender!
gem: a flawless specimen without chips, scars or healed marks. f+/gem: this term is used for specimens with barely noticable natural irregularities - still "gem" to most collectors and dealers. fine (f): a specimen with natural irregularities, or slight defects. However, I do not consider a shell as "fine" if the flaw seriously affects the beauty or the morphological characteristics of the shell. good (gd): a shell with apparent defects. dead (fresh dead): a specimen that was not livecollected, it may come close to gem but show the apparent signs of a dead taken shell (drill holes, wear of the nacre). Please refer to the accompaining explanations and the photo for more details.

Sorry, but there will be no discounts, because I resepect those clients who agree to my prices, and I do my best to give everybody a great deal. If you order half a dozen or more specimens from the same lot I always put extras in to make your day. Those that have done business with me in the past will confirm that I am a very generous person in that regard.
"Worldwide Seashells" offers shells that have been carefully checked for their quality, identification, and data. Integrity is my motto, happy customers worldwide are my reward. But please keep in mind that every specimen and label will be selected and issued by me personally. This requires a great deal of efficiency. Therefore, I might be unable to attend to every question and request at times.

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