Sanibel is a jewel box filled seashells and beach treasures which are the best jewels I can think of. On most beach combing days, you will find a little treasure…. the SPINY JEWELBOX. The JEWELBOX above was an exceptional find for us since there are so many long spines that didn’t get broken off. Well I say “us”… Super Sheller Clark found this one.
I found this one which only has a couple of spines still attached (any spines still intact and I’m tickled). Just look at that color!
Even when the spines have been broken off, it’s still a nice find (in my opinion) when the two halves are attached.
For all of you up north experiencing this very challenging weather, please keep warm and be safe! I’m thinking of all of you and sending you warmth and sunshine…. if only for a couple of minutes.
What beautiful finds! I love the color on the 2nd one.
Thanks for thinking of us Pam! -20 degrees below zero tonight, brrrrrrrrrrrr. Need me some Florida sunshine. Enjoy your weather down there!!!
I’ve never found one of those darker ones. On Englewood Beach today I was telling my friend that I had never seen so many jewel boxes on the beach. They were huge but the spiney-things were worn off. Did Super Clark find the jewel box with his shovel?
No it was right on top of a pile that was just starting to build.
Oh, Pam, they are so beautiful!!! WOW!!!
Really awesome finds! Are they rare? I’ve only found a few, none with spines, tho’. Congrats! LOVE your blog, Pam. And yes, we’re staying warm, the winds are at @ 50 mi/hour and by morning we’ll have 12-18 inches of SNOW!!! Yikes! I’d rather be on the beach, LOL!
I have to make a trip there one day…I love sea shells and beachcombing!
Where would you recommend a family of four (kids are 14 and 21) stay on Sanibel? Thanks for any advice…
You might want to look into the Sundial. It’s big enough that your kids will feel like they have room to do their thing, but you’ll feel that they are safe. There are a few restaurants onsite so you can grab lunch or dinner as a family. And they have a few two-bedroom apartment-style rooms.
If you want to look for a place at Sundial I suggest you go to Royal Shell Vacations web site. The rates are much better when renting directly from an owner. Building A, K are on the beach and B is direct view. Many of the units come with bicycles and lots of beach chairs and toys—-our last one even had a shell scooper like Clark’s.
I stayed at Ocean’s Reach last time I was there and I loved the resort. I’ve also stayed at Gulf Beach which I booked on Ilovesanibel.com. They are both two bedroom condo’s which really is the best way to go for a week’s stay or more.
I’d say Sundial is a good place to start too. The shelling at Sundial has been awesome the last month and they have a huge pool with a slide for the kids.
Hi Karen, My family and I spent two weeks on Sanibel in Jan. We were with my son, daughter in law and three grandchildren 3,5,and 8. We stayed at Mitchell’s Sandcastles on Middle Gulf Drive. Just google that name and you’ll get to their website. They have a three bedroom , three bathroom cottage right on the beach. We all had a great time. My granddaughter and I are on The I love shelling website for Jan. 10th and 12th. The shelling was great there. Hi highly recommend the place. Sue Bunkin
Piles are starting to form? I knew it, as soon as we leave shell piles form. I can’t complain, we found our share shells when we were there. I have a few whole jewel boxes. I can complain, we got home Monday and now we have a blizzard, over 14″ of snow so far.
No worries, CShells, the pile never formed. Shells started coming in at Blind Pass but fizzled out. Maybe this weekend we’ll see action again- this week hasn’t been outstanding but …..soon.
All the snow drifts and winds have been wiped away from my mind…I’ve captured your warmth and sunshine and, if only for a moment, I’ve been warmed faster than any fireplace could do…thank you!
PS—the jewel boxes are right up there next to the lace murex in my book–great finds!
oooh, lovely jewels, those jewelboxes!
I have a couple of the spiny jewel box shells but they don’t have very large spines either. I love your dark colored one!
I never thought of collecting jewel boxes, but your photos have inspired me to start. Thanks for the kind words about our freezing situation! Thank goodness we will be down in Sanibel in a couple weeks – hope to see you then.
Hey Pam, thanks for sending some warmth our way. We need it, going into single digits tonight. We’ll be on our way next week to soak up some of that warmth and sunshine for two weeks.
Lee & Bill
Will be on Sanibel in March-can’t wait! See you on the beach!
Looking at over a foot of snow right now, which is beautiful in its way. I love winter, and I love summer.
Home again to some cold weather for NM…but I have warm and wonderful memories of a week spent on Sanibel and the best day of our stay was when my 93 year old Mom and 2 sisters met Pam on the beach at Blind Pass the one day the shells were piling up! and it was awesome…so many good finds thanks to Pam’s super sheller eyes. We had so much fun with her and found so many shells for our crafting. I’ve never seen such huge kitten’s paws which are one of my favorites for crafting.
Thanks again for all these gorgeous pictures and information….now I know what those birds standing on one leg are and why they do….I got lots of great pictures of the birds this time and some amazing sunrises from our Gulf Beach Condo.
P.S. I am so happy you saved Sandy the Sanderling…we loved hearing you tell us that heart-warming story and hoped it would turn out well…so glad it did!