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Giant Clam Shell is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 93.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Conversation Piece!! This clam shell almost looks like the real thing but it's not as fragile as actual shells would be. I loved the picture with succulent plants put inside - so I took my shell to a local nursery and we created a living piece of art!! The price is also quite a deal. Real shells can go for a minimum of $600! I love it!
Date published: 2012-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! I love my giant clam shell. Very realistic looking and even prettier in person. I've priced the real ones and they are extremely pricey. So happy Ballard offers this as an alternative.
Date published: 2012-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from chic! So pretty & chic! I have mine filled with green apples. Have received countless compliments.
Date published: 2011-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Giant Clam Shell I love this shell, it is beautiful and looks real yet it's not heavy. Took it to a local florist to have them make an arrangement with cactus and other succulents. Looking forward to getting it back. Going to look great on my dining room table. However this shell could be used in any room of the home. When i get it back i will try to upload a picture.
Date published: 2011-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nice touch for any room The clam shell is beautiful, I was very pleased when it arrived. It is also very versatile. I put candles in mine, but you could put anything in it, plants, potpourri, shells, pretty much anything and it could be used anywhere. It is so different and adds so much more than a typical candle holder. Very unique and something you won't get tired of because of it's versatility.
Date published: 2011-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice clam shell Great- versatile and sturdy. I love filling it with ice and drinks by the pool.
Date published: 2021-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love it! Very fun and perfect for our Florida condo. I plan on putting orchid and succulents in it. I gave it 4 stars because it doesn’t look entirely authentic but I wouldn’t hesitate buying it again!
Date published: 2021-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Large clam shell! I purchased this large clam shell a month or so ago. Be aware if is size as it is large! The first one came with a crack . Customer service was great and sent a replacement soon thereafter.
Date published: 2019-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2013-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love it - it can be used many ways. I love it. There are many uses - like a beverage cooler - a pot pourie container - a large salad server, etc. Good value for the money.
Date published: 2012-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Will Work Well I wanted to use this shell as a planter for very small succulents in my tropical back yard. I had bought a different shell last year that worked very well. This one, however, is not quite as realistic with its shiney interior and will have to be treated in order to use it out doors. It is okay, but I liked the one that I found last year better.
Date published: 2012-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great size. Does not look real. Great size but too fake looking, the pearl coating on the inside is a dead giveaway. If you are going to fill it up with plants or something else it would be great!
Date published: 2020-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could be better I found the inside of shell to look very fake- very bright & shiny. Unless your going to fill it completely I Would not choose this one!
Date published: 2020-05-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2013-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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
Date published: 2013-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-05-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Realistic Not very realistic. The inside is shiny white. It sill be necesssry to put a plant in it.
Date published: 2021-04-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-04-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not satisfied with the product Product does not resemble what was depicted in the catalog.
Date published: 2014-07-02
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