Nested Sea Urchin Charm Necklace
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.
The five sterling silver charms on this necklace are funnel-shaped and nest together perfectly. They are sturdy without feeling heavy around the neck. Because the charms are free to move along the neck wire, you might sometimes notice an intensely satisfying jingling sound. The sea urchin texture on the charms makes this statement necklace quite unusual—and fun to touch!
Material: recycled sterling silver
Finish: choose either oxidized silver or bright silver
Total size of charms (when fully nested): 2 1/2 inches long, 3/4 inch wide
Neck wire: flexible sterling silver wire with friction clasp—choose length of 16, 18, or 20 inches