Drilled Cowrie Shells

Drilled Money Cowrie Shells, Ringtop Cowrie Shells, Purple Top Ringtop Cowrie Shells

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. Shells of certain cowrie species have historically been used as currency in several parts of the world, as well as being used extensively in jewelry, and for other decorative and ceremonial purposes. (continue reading below)