Friday, August 14, 2009

Seashells for use in Vintage Jewelry

It's mid summer and thoughts tend to go to beach related themes. I was thinking about all the possibilities of nautical and seashell type jewelry and went searching on google to see what I could come up with.

A lot of seashell type jewelry that I've come across is the sort of jewelry sold in beach town souvenir shops. Nothing to write home about, so I wondered what other possibilities there are out there.

I found an interesting beading blog that had a post about the different types of shells used in jewelry making. The writer of the blog has an overview of the various types and pictures of each one.

Photo credit

The shell featured here is called a "hammer shell" also known as a violet oyster. I love the streaked color and the rippled figure. Imagine using this to make a pendant necklace? It would be just stunning.

For more photos and a description of each style, you can read the whole article on seashell jewelry here.


  1. I love the idea of shell jewelry - I have used shells for years. I also love coral beads, especially the vintage coral that hasn't been dyed. The colors are more natural.

    I'm sorry but the teeth are gross.
    Allison -

  2. I love sea shells…what a boat load! I never got out to the beach this summer…my knee surgery kept me from doing a lot of fun stuff this summer. Your Designer Jewelry creations are exquisite as always! Love them both!