Shell jewelry and accessories conjure such joyful nostalgia for me as I imagine it does for scores of people. Gone are the days of plastic trinkets sold on the boardwalk, now sea life is elevated. Sculptural cowrie, nautilus, puka, and various other chic conchological wonders are highlighted with bits of gold, silver, crystal or rhinestone.
These fanciful beauties can be found in shell bracelets, shell necklaces, shell earrings, shell barrettes, shell anklets, and even shell-embellished sandals all over the Parisian and New York runways for summer and fall 2019 collections.
The cowrie shell has historically been used as currency in several parts of the world, as well as in jewelry, and for other decorative and ceremonial purposes as symbols of womanhood, fertility, birth and wealth. On the Fiji Islands, a shell of the golden cowry was worn around the neck by chieftains as a badge of rank.
Want more reasons to jump in with the crustacean trend? It is a budget-friendly beach-inspired statement. Here are some of our favorites
Hey, you don’t have to take it from us. Hear what some of the industry’s top stylists and influencers have to say:
The Zoe Report “Shell Jewelry Is The Spring 2019 Trend To Try — Here's Why” https://www.thezoereport.com/p/shell-jewelry-is-the-spring-2019-trend-to-try-heres-why-16991829
StyleCaster “This Spring, Shell Pendants Might Just Replace Last Year’s Coin Jewelry Obsession” https://stylecaster.com/seashell-jewelry-trend/
Glamour UK “The most unexpected jewellery trend that the fashion world can't get enough of
It's going nowhere soon.” https://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/gallery/shells-fashion-trend
Marie Claire “We’re still obsessed with shell jewellery and we’re buying ALL of these” https://www.marieclaire.co.uk/news/fashion-news/shell-jewellery-593054
Pure Wow “This Middle School Throwback Is the Biggest Jewelry Trend of the Summer” https://www.purewow.com/news/shell-jewelry-trend-summer-2019
Bustle “Gigi Hadid Wore Puka Shells At Paris Fashion Week, So Dig Out Your Childhood Choker” https://www.bustle.com/p/gigi-hadid-wore-puka-shells-at-paris-fashion-week-so-dig-out-your-childhood-choker-16265921
Forbes “The Jewelry Trend That Is Perfect For Summer” https://www.forbes.com/sites/sboyd/2019/04/18/cowry-shell-jewelry/#d1959ae7f8b6
Forbes “Spring 2019 Fashion Trends: Shell Jewelry” https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbes-finds/2019/05/20/trending-shell-jewelry/#f794bb579fa5
CR Fashion Book “Life's A Beach At Paris Fashion Week Start Dreaming Of Next Summer's Vacation With Help From This Seashell Encrusted Trend” https://www.crfashionbook.com/fashion/a23610433/paris-fashion-week-trend-seashells/