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Learn more about Shell Beads

You’re going to be able to create stunning masterpieces with our collection of incredible Shell Beads. You can use shell beads to add bold textures and depth to your jewelry designs and interior design projects!  From our artisan white natural ocean and ostrich eggshell beads to our stunning collection of multicolor shell beads, we are sure to have the perfect shell bead for your next design project!

Shells have been used by artisans for 1000s of years all around the world to make jewelry and to decorate homes, palaces, and, sculptures. Some of the oldest known jewelry was made from shells and was discovered in the Skhul caves in Israel. The shell jewelry discovered there has been dated by archaeologist to be over 100,000 years old! For 100s of years in Chinese culture, shells have been used in the practice of Feng Shui. According to Feng Shui experts, shells represent the element of earth. It is said that placing shells in the south-west and north-west corners of your living room will positively enhance your reputation. In the modern day, shell jewelry is more popular than ever. All around the world in various tropical locations artisan shell jewelry and shellcraft can be found being sold as souvenirs and jewelry.

In many modern new age communities, Shells and Shell jewelry is believed to have various positive metaphysical healing properties. Many believe that Shells are an emblem of peace and positivity. Shells are said to emanate the healing power of nature. Cowrie Shells are often used to help manifest abundance and prosperity. Many also believe that Cowrie Shells make for a great talisman of protection. Clam, Mussel, and, Oyster Shells are said to resonate with the heart chakra and can aid the wearer in healing and help one move past emotional trauma. Animal shells like Ostrich Shells are believed to also have various healing properties. Many believe that Ostrich Shell beads and jewelry are great for balances the chakras and are great for cleansing and purifying the home when used as a decoration.

Here at The Bead Chest, with our vast selection of various shell beads and shell bead strands, we know we have something perfect for your next design project. So please feel free to take your time browsing this curated shell bead section. We can’t wait to see how you use them!