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Drilled Cowrie Shells

Crow Calls Sale – SAVE 15% Thru 2/28/17

Drilled cowrie shells (as well as other shells such as dentallium shells) have long been a popular adornment to Native American regalia across the continent. “Cowrie shell” is the common name for a group of small to large sea snail shells. Throughout history many people have found rounded, shiny, porcelain-like cowrie shells pleasing to look at and to handle. In fact, the term “porcelain” derives from the old Italian term for the cowrie shell (porcellana) due to their similar translucent appearance.

Drilled Ringtop Cowrie Shells – Save 15%

Ringtop Cowrie Shells are cream colored with a distinctive orange ring. Shells are drilled with one hole in the top. Ringtop Cowrie Shells work great for ends of bandoliers, necklaces, braid ties, dresses, etc.

Drilled Money Cowrie Shells – Save 15%

Money Cowrie Shells are so called because they were once used as a form of money. These cowrie shells are light yellow in color, averaging 3/4″ to 1″ in length.

Drilled Purple Top Cowrie Shells – Save 15%

Purple Top Cowrie Shells are cream colored with an orange to marbled ring, much like the Ringtop cowrie but with a beautiful purple top. Purple Top Cowrie Shells are used in much the same way as the Rington Cowrie, as ends of bandoliers, necklaces, braid ties, dresses, etc.

NOTE: Undrilled Cowrie Shells shown below are not on sale.

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Drilled Money Cowrie Shells

Drilled Money Cowrie Shells

Product No. 2520-002-002

(25/pk)

$3.60

The money cowrie shell acquired its name because of their past use as a form of money. These very popular money cowrie shells are light yellow in color, averaging 3/4" to 1" in length.

The Money Cowrie was a shell used on old time Native American dresses. It has a yellow ochre color and is characterized by the dimpled bottom of the shell. One hole was drilled on the narrow top for attachment to dresses and other items. Long before European contact, these shells were an important trade item in North America which were brought inland from the Pacific coast by Native American traders. They were rare, and had a high trade value.

Ringtop Cowrie Shells - Drilled

Ringtop Cowrie Shells - Drilled

Product No. 2520-002-001

(25/pk)

$1.65

Ringtop Cowrie Shells are cream colored with orange ring. These ringtop cowrie shells are drilled with one hole in the top. They work great for ends of bandoliers, necklaces, braid ties, dresses, etc.

The Ring Top Cowrie is a modern import from Southeast Asia which has become very popular in the 20th Century through the present. It is characterized by an orangish line which "rings" the top of the shell. Thus the name "Ring Top". They are a grayish on top with a cream-colored edge and underside. While popular for many of the same Native American craft uses as the Money Cowrie, they would not be the typical choice for use on dresses where the money cowrie were used in place of elk teeth.

Purple Top Ringtop Cowrie Drilled

Purple Top Ringtop Cowrie Drilled

Product No. 2520-002-003

(25/pk)

$2.45

Purple Top Ringtop Cowrie shells are cream colored with an orange to marbled ring, much like the Ringtop cowrie but with a beautiful purple top. Purple Top Ringtop Cowrie shells Work great for ends of bandoliers, necklaces, braid ties, dresses, etc. Drilled.

The Ring Top Cowrie and Purple Ring Top Cowrie are modern imports from Southeast Asia which has become very popular in the 20th Century through the present. It is characterized by an orangish line which "rings" the top of the shell. Thus the name "Ring Top". While popular for many of the same Native American craft uses as the Money Cowrie, they would not be the typical choice for use on dresses where the money cowrie were used in place of elk teeth.

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