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The Meaning and History of the Cowrie Shell

The ever-popular cowrie shell has many uses and meanings. It has shown up in the form of money, jewelry, and even religious accessories in almost every part of the world. The cowrie shell soon gained popularity throughout much of ancient Africa. Today excavations have found some of the money in the form of brass and silver cowrie shells. Wherever the cowrie shells were found, it seems as if they were thought of as wealth.


Spiritually, according to African legend if you are attracted to cowrie shells you could be family to an ocean spirit of wealth and earth. It also represents Goddess protection. Throughout Africa, and South and North America, the cowrie symbolized the power of destiny and prosperity.

However, you interpret these tiny white shells as they are a fascinating, unique addition to your wardrobe. Whether in jewelry, or in crafts, or in any other use you can imagine these shells are sure to add an exotic feel of Africa and make an excellent, one of kind, fashion statement.


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