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Ilog Cowrie Necklace

Ilog Cowrie Necklace



Seven cowrie shells on a string of river shell beads. 24k gold zamak clasp. 


There's an Iluko saying: " Water is life. It is death." Each seashell holds a story. Shells are brimming with rich cultural symbolism and historical significance across worlds. Shells found in freshwater habitats are members of two major classes i.e. Gastropoda (gastropods) and Bivalvia (bivalves). They occur in both calmer waters (e.g. ponds, small lakes, still waters near river and stream banks) and running waters (brooks, small and larger rivers, in breaker zones of lakes).


    All my pieces are handmade to order. I value and use high quality materials to extend the life of each piece. Earring hooks are 18k gold stainless steel + nickel free. Clasps, chains, beads, hoops, jump rings and other hardware are 18k gold filled or 24k gold plated zamak or stainless steel depending on the piece and material availability. Pearls, shells and gemstones and other beads are natural, genuine, and from the Earth and will vary and size, pattern and shade.


    Each adornment has been smoke cleansed with anglem (burned twined cotton cloth) or asta sughanda infused with dragon's blood resin in order to release and drive away possible harmful energies. Take off when in contact with water, avoid pulling wire, and clean with a dry cloth and store in cotton cloth bag (free with purchase) when not in use to preserve integrity.

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