Sea Urchin and Garnet Pendant
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 disc of this pendant in sterling silver and oxidized it to emphasize the depth and intricacy of the sea urchin texture. The 3mm faceted garnet at the center of the pendant gives this necklace a fun and vibrant pop of color.
Material: recycled sterling silver
Gemstone: 3mm garnet
Pendant size: 3/4 inch by 3/4 inch
Pendant comes on a delicate, textured chain. Choose length—16, 18, or 20 inches