I try to match each set with similar shaped shells; they are between 2″-3″ long. These are natural shells and vary; what you see in the pictures are just examples of each type. Each shell holds a generous amount of salt to place on the table. Shells are cleaned, glossed and then gold or silver gilded along the edges; all of which is food safe. To wash: wipe with damp cloth, do not submerge in water. The set comes with Mother of Pearl spoon (2.75″ long) and comes in a kraft paper box tied with a jute twine ready for gift giving. Pair this with any of our salt offerings or put it in a gift basket!