A solid sterling silver cowrie shell sand cast by hand in my studio. I used a natural shell found during my travels to Indonesia and created a mould to cast the fragile shell into a more robust piece that can be worn on every adventure. No two are ever the same due to the handmade nature, just like no two shells are ever the same in the ocean.
It has long been a dream of mine to capture these organic finds in silver form, exalting their beauty from beachcombing trinkets to timeless adornments and combining fragility and strength.
The cowrie shell has been important to many cultures and religions for thousands of years, it’s been used to adorn accessories, utilised as money and seen as a symbol of great wealth in society. It also represents goddess protection which is highly powerful and deeply connected to the strength and power of the ocean. It is said to ward off the evil eye and is worn as a talisman to protect the wearer.
It’s shape is likened to that of a pregnant belly, the way it swells, smooth and round, as well as mimicking the appearance of a yoni. Romans called the cowrie the matriculus, meaning little matrix or little womb. It symbolises womanhood and rebirth, the giver of life. It is worn as an amulet to protect fertility and birth as well a celebration of the power of femininity.
Handmade using Eco silver, which is 100% recycled material. Each pendant comes with a sterling silver chain. Please select length at check out.
Size approx. 22mm x 12mm
Approx. weight 9.68g
Mini Nusa Cowrie also available please see other listings.