Hi, my name is Ray Walker and I have had a long association with the Australian Specimen Shell Industry. Many of you who have been around a while will know me as the Proprietor of the previously active businesses Amora Shells which specialised in marketing quality Australian Specimen Shells such as the spectacular Zoila cowride group and Australia's fabulous and endemic Cypraea, Volutes, Murex, Cones, Mitres, Pectens and other Sea Shell Families.
As a child I grew up in Carnarvon on West Australia's mid west coast where I collected shells and was immensely proud of our families sea shell collection. I graduated as a geologist in 1969 and engaged in the mineral exploration industry but continued to have an avid interest in sea shell collecting and fishing. In the mid 1970's I established the mail order business Amora Shells specialising in Australian Specimen Shells. Subsequently, Argo Traders and Nature's Gems were started to wholesale and retail quality natural items such as ornimental sea shells, corals, fossils, crystals and jewelry & craft items made from "naturals".
In 2004 these businesses were wound up due to a poor economic environment in Northern Queensland where I was then based and changes to commercial fishing regulations and the re-zoning of thje Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. I elected to relocate back to Western Australia and focus on commercial fishing.
I have decided to recommence a mail order business marketing Australian Sea Shells and quality natural collectable items and hence this website.
Best wishes and I hope we can assist you,