Rated 5 out of 5 by tracyatthebeach Beautiful and so summery!
This is a large shell and is beautiful to set on your porch especially if you have a beachy theme. I love it!
May 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by jgirl A great neutral accessory for any room!
This clam shell is a beautiful addition to a room. I use it in our sunroom filled with books covered in Ballard wrapping paper. For a surprise element, my clam shell sits under an end table . . . love it! Think I'll order another one! Thanks, Ballard.
April 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Decoratingfan I finally got my clam shell.
I have been eyeing this clam shell for a while, but I thought it was too pricey. When I saw it go on sale, I immediately ordered one and could not be more pleased. I just like the look of it. Actually, I have been pleased with all the products I have ordered from Ballard Designs.
April 15, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Galleriagirl11 Returning
I really wanted to love this shell. It looks gorgeous in the Ballard photos but in person it just didn't look as good. It just looked like a big fake cheap plastic shell to me. The inside was way to shiny! I tried moving it around to different areas & it just didn't work. I buy lots from Ballard & this is the first item I've ever returned.
April 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Persnickety2 Diggin the Clam Shell
It is as exactly as depicted. LOVE it!! Great décor, conversational piece @ a v-good price. Have not yet put it to use as a creative practical piece as per some of the uses described but plan to do this spring/summer or perhaps create something of my own.
March 30, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Beachgirl55 Disappointment
Major disappointment! The interior of this shell has an opalescent "paint" coating that is so poorly applied that bubbles and bumps can be seen under the sheen. It looks cheap and extremely fake. The outside of the shell is fairly credible, but cannot be appreciated if you use the shell inside-up, to hold anything. I ended up filling it with other shells and bits of ocean treasures in order to cover the horrible pearlized paint. I had intended using this outdoors, but it is clearly not sturdy enough for that use. Not a good purchase. I feel I was misled.
August 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lulu2 Fabulous Centerpiece
I purchased this for our patio table; our table is really huge. This is a big shell and I planted succulents in it like the picture shows. It took a lot of plants to fill it; I planted it at the nursery....good thing as it took way more plants than I estimated. It is really beautiful, I have had lots of complements on it. We will enjoy it for many years!
August 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Texaslady10 This product looks very realistic.
I love this large clam shell and so does everyone who sees it. It looks like this real thing and is large enough to hold my stack of "to be read" books. It's a perfect coffee table item.
July 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by decor2luv This product is just as described
I received this clam shell today, and I love it. The size is perfect, and I really appreciate the felt pads on the bottom of the shell to help protect my table. Even my husband was impressed. The description and pictures show it perfectly. The pearlized finish inside is done more to look like the inside of a shell. It is not overly done and looks perfect. I put a variety of shells into mine, and expect to change it out for the seasons. I would recommend it to anyone.
July 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by PMB2 This is a unique item!
We have a four seasons room that we have done elegantly casual with tropical touches. The clam shell was the perfect accessory for our décor. It adds a unique design for our succulent plants.
July 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by T4T2 Excellent product
This is one of many of these Giant Clam Shells that we have ordered. Just as all of the others it is fantastic.
July 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lynnbelle I love my Giant Clam Shell
I saw a Giant Clam Shell in a shop down south and thought I had no way of getting that home plus it was quite expensive. So I thought I could make my own so when I arrived home there was my Ballard's Catalog waiting for me in my mailbox with a Giant Clam Shell. I put together a really beautiful centerpiece for our outdoor picnic shelter for our coffee table. Everyone loves it and I did it for less than half the price of the one I saw earlier. Thanks Ballard's for another wonderful item to make our house a home!
July 2, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Schnuck Not satisfied with the product
Product does not resemble what was depicted in the catalog.
July 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sheryn Not quite realistic looking - but close.
If the actual item looked exactly like the picture I would like it more. The item received was not quite realistic looking and the one in the picture is more flat looking which is preferable. Price is high for the actual item received.
April 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by KattyKat Very versatile piece
Bought this to serve cold drinks but may use it as a planter. I love the look but the inside is a bit shiner than I would have liked. All in all, I am happy with this purchase.
April 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Scrappinginthesun Lovin' my clam shell!
I just love my new clam shell! Perfect centerpiece for my table!
February 4, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by beachlvr Did not look as pictured
I bought this for my redecorating project in my living room. Going to a coastal theme I thought this would be perfect to use for plants, sea glass, shells or orbs. In all the online and catalog pictures it is shown sitting straight, mine does NOT sit straight, and I would have to add a lot to the bottom of one side to make it sit straight. I was very disappointed in this item, I will probably just use it outside in the flower beds near the pool now. Much too expensive for an outdoor accent!
January 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Emmy8 EXCELLENT
I've had my eye on this piece for quite some time. At $129, I wanted to make sure I loved it. I do. Exactly as described and came in excellent condition. Ballard's products are high quality. You get what you pay for. This piece makes a statement.
January 27, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by CJAburn wish it was a little bigger, but very nice!
I love it, but wish it was made in a bigger size to put more things in it.
August 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by SeasideLady1 Great addition to my beach house!
Product is substantive, has many uses use and seems to be what all of our visitors notice. I love it!
August 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sugarplumtess LOVE my Gigantic clam!!!!
I plan to put white phalienopsis orchids in it for summer decor or the succulent plants! So many other ideas and places to put it too!!! Light weight!
April 3, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by 1vintagetutu Serves the purpose, but
found it looked very faux and especially on the inside which simply looked like a shiny paint looking nothing near what a real shell would look. Purchased for our large eat in kitchen table for a Spring/Summer centerpiece with the intention of heaping it up with lemons or green apples. I did a lot of research on different similar shells and settled on this which was more pricey than the one I hemmed and hawed over. I wish I would have tried the other as this was too expensive for what I see. I recommend to others only because so many others seem ok with it and maybe I'm just a bit too picky and was more disappointed with the inside vs. the outside of the shell. For those that would want to do plantings would probably sufice. Personally, I would not like to do a planting in a shell such as this.
March 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by memememe exactly as i wanted
perfect. arrived on time and in great shape. buy it
February 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by kimk101 Exceeded my expectations!
I put off purchasing this for awhile having not seen it in person, but it arrived today and I could not be more pleased! It is perfect for our dining room -especially since we have an ocean theme. The added felt pads on the bottom were a huge plus and will prevent scratches to the table. If you have had your eye one this for awhile, you won't be disappointed if you purchase this. Lots of centerpiece ideas in the Internet to make this shell ideal for all seasons.
January 29, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Casting11147 Not up to my expectations
Thought the shell I had observed in the past, in a few catalogs, were generally all alike...not so. I visualized the multiple curved section would be more upright, more or less as a background for the succulents I planned to plant. Yours lays flat and with plants, the background would lose its visibility. Another catalog had one that looked t like the one I admired some time ago. It was considerably less in cost also. It had the upright look but looked "cheaper".. I contacted your customer service. Naturally I discounted the choice to return it! Was discounted Twenty five dollars
January 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Happycouple Perfect!!
We used the clam shell for our daughter's Hawaiian theme wedding. We placed the favors for guests in it. We also used it at the brunch the next morning to hold the rolls...I have many uses in mind for it!!! So glad I found it!!
August 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by EllieMay Great accent!
This is a really nice piece. It looks fairly realistic but not fragile like a genuine shell. The interior has a pretty pearlized finish. I could fine many uses for this. Very pleased.
June 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by GadAbout3 The product is quite unique.
We haven't actually gotten to use the clam shell yet. We are planning on putting some succulent plants in it and putting it out on our deck. It was delivered intact and looks beautiful.
May 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by HappyCampers Impressive
I was looking for a centerpiece for our outside lanai, and boy did I get one! This shell is huge, heavy, and beautiful. I'm so pleased. Worth the money.
May 12, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by RopeaDoped Not as Realistic-Looking as You'd Expect
It serves its purpose - acting as a centerpiece on our dining room table. But it's the second major disappointment we've ordered from Ballard Designs.
It's too expensive for what you get.
The BD catalogues go straight in the recycling bin now.
May 10, 2012