The Queen Conch is a large edible marine mollusk (or snail) found in the Atlantic Ocean coasts from Brazil to Florida, throughout the Caribbean Islands, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. It is 1 of 3 symbols found on the flag of the Turks and Caicos islands.
Most recognized for their heavy thick shell with pink and orange interior color the conch produces its own shell and can grow up to 12 inches in length. Conchs generally live in shallow depths, take 3 to 4 years to mature and be suitable for consumption, and can live up to 40 years. Conch meat is eaten domestically in Caribbean countries and exported as a delicacy to the United States and other countries.
Because of its beautiful color and thick shell conchs are often sold to tourists for their shells and as jewelry. Their late age of sexual maturity, occurrence in shallow waters, and slow growth rate are all factors in conchs being very susceptible to over-fishing. Once found in high numbers throughout the Florida Keys it is now considered endangered and illegal to take them in the state of Florida.
Did you know that Conchs also naturally produce pearls? Like the conch’s shell their pearls can also be found in color hues of pink, orange, brown and white.
Our conch shell cabinet knobs are fully sculpted 3 dimensional pieces with a heavy weight and realistic design.
Available as a single post knob in brushed nickel and dark bronze finishes these artistic expressions of Caribbean and island décor are sure to bring back coastal and beach memories to your mind.