River + Cowrie Shell Earrings
Dyed river seashell and genuine cowrie shell, 18k gold hook.
Sea shells reconnect us to frequencies of the water and ocean. Shells have been used as protectors and tools and are vessels of strong Moon energy. Collecting the shells from creatures who have died or outgrown their shells is a holy experience.
Cowrie shells have a long history and significance in multiple cultures. Kabibi (or, shell in Tagalog) is used in many Philippine households from jewelry / adornments to functional use. From Africa to Asia and Oceania, cowrie shells were the most commonly used means of payment. Cowrie shells are known to bring good luck and to protect the spirit of the wearer, and many use them in spiritual ceremonies. They also are a sign of femininity and fertility. I personally wear them as an amulet and to connect to my ancestors that inhabited the archipelago.