These Shiva Eyes are polished turbo sea snail fossils. The turbo sea snail belongs to the marine gastropod family. This unique shell comes from the bottom part of the snail. It is used as a defense mechanism when the snail feels threatened. The snail goes up in to the big shell on it's back and the Shiva Eye is the door that closes behind it, creating a safe place for the snail.
To be more scientific, they have thick shells to reduce water loss and other potential harmful factors. At times they may be exposed for 8-20 hours creating lower density of air than water. During these periods of time light, heat, and radiation are much more potent when the snails are exposed. They are quite resilient given their extreme environmental conditions and have adapted an operculum (shell door) that closes to retain moisture and provide protection.
The cat's eye shells represents protection and has many other mystical qualities. They are the universal symbol of stability and steadfastness. The spiral on the cat's eye shell is a symbol of evolution, expansion, mystery, and changing cycles. We at Earth Magick like to use spirals to unwind a person who is uptight and can't relax. It is widely used in the Middle East and Europe to ward off the evil eye.
Approx. 1.25" W by 1.25" H by .5" D