Conch Shell The Conch shell, the thought of it always reminds one of the mornings Puja at temples that begin by blowing the conch. And then the ancient battles that also were announced using it. But in this town, artists do much more than that with conch shells. They carve them carefully, giving their plain shiny surfaces, the designs that make them look precious, literally. A well-carved conch shell can cost you a lot.