Cowry Shell Jewelry

Cowry Shell Jewelry
This is a collection of Jewelry made from the actual Cowry shells.

The ever popular cowry shell has many uses and meanings and can also be spelt Cowrie. It has shown up in the form of money, jewelry, and religious accessories in almost every part of the world. Found in the islands of the Indian Ocean and Hawaii, the cowry shell soon gained popularity throughout much of ancient Africa.

Its influence, however, also spread to China, where it was used as a form of currency to such an extent that the Chinese used its shape to form their pictograph for money! Today excavations have found some of the money of ancient China in the form of brass, silver and gold cowry shells. Wherever the cowry shells were found, it seems as if it has been symbolized.

Spiritually, according to African legend, if you are attracted to cowry shells you could be family to an ocean spirit of wealth and earth. It also represents Goddess protection which is very powerful and connected with the strength of the ocean. Throughout Africa, and South and North America, the cowry symbolized the power of destiny and prosperity. Thought of as the mouth of Orsisas, it also is believed to have taught stories of humility and respect.

Through a process of shell replication, sterling silver and gold shells are produced using the ancient method of lost wax casting and are made individually just like the original shells. I've been able to capture all the small ridges and shape in fine detail.

The shells are hollow like the organic originals to give them a solid look and good weight yet allow them to be comfortably worn.