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article imagePhoto Essay: SBG hosts exhibit of seashells from around the world Special

By Kay Mathews     Jan 28, 2014 in Lifestyle
Savannah - Called a "Smithsonian-grade exhibit of seashells," Mique Pinkerton's collection was featured at the Savannah Botanical Gardens. Hundreds of shells from across the globe, from Scallops to Tritons, fascinated exhibit visitors.
Mique Pinkerton, owner of Mique's Mollusks - World Wide Shells, exhibited the beautiful and colorful shells and corals she has been collecting for decades at the Savannah Botanical Gardens (SBG).
Pinkerton, 93, has been collecting shells for more than 40 years according to her daughter, Dyanna Byers. Byers told Digital Journal that her father, the late C.E. Pinkerton, was in the Navy and her parents' travels led to a lifetime of collecting seashells.
SavannahNow.com got a glimpse of the collection prior to the Jan. 21-26 exhibit and said it is a "Smithsonian-grade exhibit of seashells," and urged everyone to see it. Digital Journal did just that.
Dozens of glass-covered and open displays of seashells and other ocean delights were found on many large tables in, and the walls of, the SBG's Reinhard House. When looking at the descriptions, it quickly became apparent that this collection of shells really does span the globe. There were shells from the Philippines, Guam, Indonesia, Thailand, and Hawaii, among many other tropical destinations.
Black coral (Antipatharia) was featured on one wall. This official state gem of Hawaii grows as tree-like branches, single coils, or as seen below, in a fan-shape.
Black coral (Antipatharia) at Savannah Botanical Gardens exhibit.  Savannah  GA
Black coral (Antipatharia) at Savannah Botanical Gardens exhibit. Savannah, GA
One display featured eye-catching Triton (Cymatiidae) shells. SeaShellWorld notes that "larger Tritons have been used as trumpets since ancient times. For thousands of years, statues and pictures have shown the mythological god Triton or Neptune blowing the Triton shell trumpets."
Triton (Cymatiidae) shells at Savannah Botanical Gardens exhibit.  Savannah  GA
Triton (Cymatiidae) shells at Savannah Botanical Gardens exhibit. Savannah, GA
A number of examples of Spondylus (Spiny Oysters) from Pinkerton's collection could be seen at the event. As Indo/Pacific Seashells states, these deep-water dwellers "come in a stunning range of colors, shapes and sizes."
Spondylus (Spiny Oysters) shells at Savannah Botanical Gardens exhibit.  Savannah  GA
Spondylus (Spiny Oysters) shells at Savannah Botanical Gardens exhibit. Savannah, GA
Speaking of stunning colors, the Scallop (Pectinidae) seashells spanned the spectrum from yellow to maroon. According to Seashell Supply, "The brightly colored, fan-shaped shells of some scallops, with their radiating fluted pattern, are valued by shell collectors, and have been used since ancient times as motifs in art and design."
Scallop (Pectinidae) seashells at Savannah Botanical Gardens exhibit.  Savannah  GA
Scallop (Pectinidae) seashells at Savannah Botanical Gardens exhibit. Savannah, GA
One of this reporter's personal favorites is Miter (Mitridae and Costellariidae) shells. Shells of Aquarius says that "Miter shells from the tropics are rich in color, smooth and some ornamented."
Miter (Mitridae and Costellariidae) shells at Savannah Botanical Gardens exhibit.  Savannah  GA
Miter (Mitridae and Costellariidae) shells at Savannah Botanical Gardens exhibit. Savannah, GA
Mique's Mollusks is located at 810 Walthour Road in Savannah, Ga. For more information, call 912-660-4688.
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