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 the discs in sterling silver and oxidized them to emphasize the depth and intricacy of the sea urchin texture. The hinges on these earrings allow them great movement. The 4mm faceted gemstones add a vibrant pop of color. Choose either the longer or shorter version—either way, they’re great fun to wear.
These earrings pair perfectly with the hinged sea urchin and gemstone disc necklace.
Material: recycled sterling silver
Gemstone: 4mm, iolite
Earring length: 2 1/2 inches
Earring width: 3/4 inch
Earring type: Dangle