If you’ve ever spent time padding barefoot along a beach seeking seashells, then you probably know the singular glee of discovering a sea urchin shell.
With the sand between your toes and the sound of ocean waves breaking in your ears, you probably weren’t thinking about the rich history we share with these shells—how people have treasured them for centuries and have worn them as protective amulets since medieval times. Of course, I didn’t know any of that in my early beachcombing days. All I knew was that whenever I was lucky enough to find one, I couldn’t stop running my fingers over its bumpy surface or staring at its symmetrical, otherworldly patterns.
Now that I’ve figured out a way to uniquely adapt sea urchin shells to my silver casting process, I’ve fallen in love with that amazing texture all over again. And I hope you like it too.
I cast three discs in sterling silver and oxidized them to emphasize the depth and intricacy of the sea urchin texture. A ring interlocks each of the three discs to allow the pendant plenty of movement. I love how sleek yet eye-catching this necklace turned out. My favorite way to wear it is with a casual or dressy button-down. This pendant hangs on a 4 starnd heavy bead sterling silver chain.
Material: recycled sterling silver
Disc diameters (from largest to smallest): 1 1/4 inch, 3/4 inch, 1/2 inch
Necklace type: choose either the sterling silver neck wire with friction clasp or the black rubber cord.
Necklace length: choose 16, 18, or 20 inches.