Ocean Spirit Cowrie Shell Bracelet
Natural shells intertwined in a wood bead bracelet with a button-style clasp. 7 inches
Historically, the cowrie shell has always been a symbol of wealth and used as currency, jewelry and as a religious accessory, in almost all the parts of the world. Found in the islands of the Indian Ocean, the cowrie shell soon gained popularity throughout much of ancient Africa.
They have been and still are used in divination, to send symbolic messages, to prepare medicinal herbs, to decorate musical instruments. 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 which is very powerful and connected with the strength of the ocean. In the realm of sympathetic magic and sorcery, it is a powerful force. It represents the eye of the gods and the womb of the goddess.
The cowrie symbolizes the power of destiny and prosperity. It is an African female symbol worn around the hips believed to increase fertility. Rows of shells have been and continue to be attached to masks that symbolize great wealth and the Royals have worn clothes adorned with them for eons.