Until recently I spent the last 30 years living just a 10 minute drive from the most beautiful beach, and I have to admit I miss it. This necklace brings me right back there. I can practically feel the sand and smell the salt air.
A large reversible Paua Shell pendant hangs from a necklace composed of abalone tubes, Czech fire polished beads, and handmade lampwork beads. The lampwork beads include rondelles embedded with real sand and the tiniest of shells, and two focal beads- a puffy White Sea Biscuit and a conch style shell. The necklace closes with a hand stamped sterling silver toggle.
The earrings feature two more of the puffy sea biscuits below more abalone tubes, and tiny round abalone dangles. They measure 2 inches from the sterling ear wires.
The necklace measures approximately 24 inches long, with the Paua Shell focal a full 3 inches in diameter.
THE SHELL MEDICINE:
Abalone is reported to stimulate psychic development and intuition. It promotes imagination in a healthy way. Nicknamed the sea ears, the Abalone’s flattened, oval shape with iridescent interior was used by the Native Northwest American Indians as a natural vessel for cleansing, offerings and prayers. Abalone is purported to be especially useful for handling and calming emotional situations, and be very soothing to the emotions. Having abalone nearby when working through an emotional situation with someone is said to be beneficial, and to promote cooperation. Abalone stimulates psychic development and intuition, and promotes imagination in a healthy way. Abalone is very healing to the body and especially the first three chakras. It is also calming to high strung people.
Shells are commonly referred to as symbolizing boundless growth as the shells are continually growing throughout the mollusk’s life. Used since the Stone Ages as jewelry, decoration and as holders during religious ceremonies to invoke the sacred, wearing Shell Jewelry has also been used to improve fertility. Shell stimulates intuition, sensitivity, imagination and adaptability. It helps to enhance mental clarity and provides insight into decision-making. Shell promotes cooperation between the self and others, as well as within the self. It provides cohesive energy for groups. This organic shell-life-matrix of the sea carries the energies of life, water, comfort and peace of mind. It is protective of it’s host or wearer, a safe haven and home that resonates security from the tides constant changing. A greater sense of understanding, patience and knowing opens, reflected from the rhythms of the sea that this shell has endured. In healing folklore it encourages security, adaptability and joy.