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 layering of the discs adds an additional pop of interest. The dangling component is actually a cast sea urchin spine that I found off the coast of Vancouver Island when camping near the Barkley Sound. These earrings are fun and quite unusual. I find they can be easily dressed up or down.
To really amp up your look, these earrings look absolutely spectacular with my five-disc sea urchin necklace!
Material: recycled sterling silver
Earring length: 2.75 inches
Earring type: Dangle
Sterling Silver Ear Wires with latch backs