Shells are like people.
When unbroken, they are hard to distinguish one from another. The beautiful uniqueness is camouflaged by the perfectness. Pristine wholeness is fun to admire for a moment, but it lacks the character that catches attention, that causes deep study and the desire to know more.
I like to walk in a meditative state of magnetic intensity, calling on the Animal Kingdom, the Plant Kingdom and the Elements to reveal their magic and wonderment to me. I find I can super-charge this exercise if I carry a crystal or stone with me.
Each of us holds a unique connection with an individual stone and the energy it offers one may be different from the energy it offers another.