Nicknamed the "living fossil," the nautilus has been around for over 500 million years, predating dinosaurs, fish and mammals.
Once known as the main ocean predator and growing up to 10 feet in size, the nautilus shell we know today has long been the subject of art, math, poetry and jewelry.
Nautiluses are related to octopus, squid, and cuttlefish, and have about 90 tentacles. Moving through the water by jet propulsion, nautiluses use the chambers within their shells to maintain buoyancy. They can hide from predators by withdrawing into the shell and sealing it closed from within.
Today the nautilus is mainly found in deep coral reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and is coveted for the unique design on its shell.
The shell's series of chambers show not only the cycles of growth the nautilus has gone through, but it also displays the Golden Mean Spiral.
In math, the Golden Mean in represented by the Greek letter, Phi, which is a mysterious natural number that is found in the makeup of many species and natural elements.
Phi appears regularly in the realm of things that grow and unfold in steps just as the Nautilus shell grows larger on each spiral by phi. With each revolution completing a cycle of evolution, the Golden Mean Spiral is symbolic of life’s unfolding mysteries.
Representative of change and a deep history of ocean life, we at Elizabeth Sarah Collections thought the Nautilus Shell design perfectly compliments the Shoreline Collection.
Capturing the essence of the deep sea and blending it with our timeless designs, we have curated a unique beach-chic look that defines our love for history, art and nature.
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