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 pieces from several different sea urchin shells in sterling silver and put them together to create this patchwork cuff. The interplay of the various textures makes this piece truly unusual and eye-catching. This cuff makes a bold statement, and yet it is comfortable enough for everyday wear.
Material: recycled sterling silver
Length: 6.5” (can be shaped to fit most wrists)