Dangling Cowry Shell Earrings

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  • Material: 100% Sterling silver
  • Earring type: Hook
  • Height: almost 7/8 inch (21 mm)
  • Item number: wh307

As early as the 15th century in West Africa, cowry shells have been used as currency because they have all the characteristics of money - they're easy to handle, light to carry, non-perishable, and work well for many kinds of purchases.

Perhaps it is because of their wide use as money that they somehow worked themselves into the culture, becoming rich with symbolism over time.

The cowrie's shape seems to resemble female forms - its rounded top reminds us of a pregnant woman's belly and its underside seems to resemble the female organ which gives life. 

It may be for these reasons that it became a symbol of fertility in many ancient cultures and was also used as an amulet to add vitality and length to one's life.

These earrings showcase the underside of a cowry shell; the rounded top is cut away, allowing light to pass through to highlight its unique form.

We wanted to give our customers a way of personalizing their pendants, but many of the pieces in our store are textured on the backside, have an uneven surface, or a design on all sides, making it impossible to engrave them.

Our solution to this problem was to offer engravable charms that you can add onto any necklace. They are small, about 1/2" wide (12 mm) and come with free engraving on the front side (backside engraving is available for an additional charge).

We currently only have these in two shapes (a heart or circle), but will be adding more as time goes on. The charms are also engraved in-house and custom fit with findings to match your pendant.

You can choose engravable charm options right on the product page of any pendant. Below are a few photographs of charms we've made for customers in the past, along with their pendants.

i am the beauty of the green earth moon pentacle with engravable charm

feather pendant with engravable charm

angel-wings-pendant-with-engravable-charm

tree-of-life-pendant-with-engravable-charm

sewing-machine-pendant-with-engravable-charm

 

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