Anyone wandering an ocean beach can't resist the temptation to scan the sand for that special shell and it seems we are almost always rewarded with one. Our affection for shells has been with us for millennia dating back to the Stone Age.
When we create jewelry, we want to present an image beyond just our physical selves. Shells, pearls and coral can provide this milieu. This jewelry likely made some profound statement for our ancient ancestors and can still have great intrinsic value to the modern day jewelry maker.
Shells, pearls and coral can be purchased as beads or pendants that are predrilled or cut to allow stringing. They are treated for strength, dyed into a myriad of colors, cut to form uniform shapes or sorted for easy incorporation into jewelry.