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 five discs (in three different sizes) in sterling silver and oxidized them to emphasize the depth and intricacy of the sea urchin texture. The discs are linked with doubled square sterling silver wire. I used the same square wires for the remainder of the necklace, connecting them via delicate but sturdy hinges for added movement and flair. The clasp is also handmade, using the cast sea urchin texture. This piece manages to be refined, eye-catching, unusual and yet easily wearable. It’s one of my favorites!
**Note: This item is made to order and will ship in approximately one week. This does not include the time it will take for your jewelry to ship to you.
Material: recycled sterling silver
Necklace length: 20 inches
Disc diameters: largest central disc measures 3/4 inch, smallest two discs each measure 1/2 inch
Chain type: Handmade hinged chain
Handmade hook clasp