We are loving these hand-dyed satin elastic bracelets adorned with 14k fine gold-dipped cowrie shells that we had sent to First Date, all the way from Hawaii.
People wear the cowrie shell jewelry not only for the different beauty, but also with a wish of good luck and prosperity.
In ancient Chinese culture, cowry shells were given the function of money. In these days, the shell is the symbol of great wealth, worn on cloth or masks.
In Japanese culture, women believe that cowrie shells may help with a successful delivery. In Japan, a name for the cowrie shell translates to "the easy delivery shell." Some Japanese women hold cowrie shells while giving birth to aid in a successful and less stressful delivery.
It also represents Goddess protection which is very powerful and connected with the strength of the ocean. Throughout Africa, and South and North America, the cowrie symbolized the power of destiny and prosperity.