Kauai Purple Cowrie Shell Necklace. This beautiful and unique Kauai Purple Cowry Shell Necklace consists of an authentic Kauai Purple Cowrie Shell pendant that is handwoven into a beautiful necklace that’s strong and Island Chic. Accented with Kauai Puka Shells. Beach-inspired jewelry that’s stunning and strong. This necklace pairs nicely with our Puka Shell Bracelets and/or our Puka Shell Anklets. Necklaces are made to withstand outdoor activities and are water-friendly.
All shells are found on Kauai, Hawaii. They are all hand-picked and have been carefully chosen to create beautiful and unique jewelry that can be worn as a forever piece. Each piece of our jewelry is a work of art that is unique to Kauai Hawaii. Aloha!
Available lengths: 16″, 18″, 20″
PHOTOS ARE FOR EXAMPLE PURPOSES ONLY!
Your jewelry will vary slightly due to the unique nature of shells, pearls, and/or gemstones.
Cowrie or cowry (plural cowries) is the common name for a group of small to large sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Cypraeidae, the cowries.
The term porcelain derives from the old Italian term for the cowrie shell (porcellana) due to their similar appearance. Shells of certain species have historically been used as currency in several parts of the world, as well as being used, in the past and present, very extensively in jewelry, and for other decorative and ceremonial purposes.
The cowrie was the shell most widely used worldwide as shell money. It is most abundant in the Indian Ocean and was collected in the Maldive Islands, in Sri Lanka, along the Malabar coast India, in Borneo and on other East Indian islands, and in various parts of the African coast from Ras Hafun to Mozambique. Cowrie shell money was important in the trade networks of Africa, South Asia, and East Asia.
Some species in the family Ovulidae are also often referred to as cowries. In the British Isles the local Trivia species (family Triviidae, species Trivia monacha, and Trivia arctica) are sometimes called cowries. The Ovulidae and the Triviidae are somewhat closely related to Cypraeidae.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowrie (opens in a new window)
Puka shells originally were naturally occurring bead-like objects which can be found on some beaches in Hawaii. Each one was the beach-worn apex of a cone snail shell, a kind of seashell from a sea snail. Puka is the Hawaiian word for “hole” and refers to the naturally occurring hole in the middle of these rounded and worn shell fragments. These natural beads were made into necklaces.
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