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About the itemCowrie is the common name for a group of sea snails and marine molluscs. There are˙many varieties but˙the commonest is the common Northern European cowrie which many jewellers choose to use as a pendant. We however, have chosen to use the much˙scarcer Dimpled, or˙Granulated cowrie, rarely seen outside old collections due to its scarcity, and hailing from a small areas in coastal Hawiai,˙Zanzibar and small areas of the pacific.Our cowrie was a gift from a shell˙collector many years ago, and due to its scarcity, specimens are not commonly seen nowdays.˙With their pleasing appearance and tactile form the cowrie has long been used by man as an ornament, a body decoration, and even as a form of currency. They have a long standing association as a charm used for birth, fertility, power and good fortune.Our sterling silver Cowrie has an especially pleasing appearance with its gently dimpled surface . and deep ribbing on its underside. Combine it with other nautical charms if you wish, or a stunning choice with a simple chunk of stone such as labradorite or aquamarine. Each cowrie measures 17mm x 10 mm. OTHER METALS: This charm is available on the site in sterling silver, but can be made in gold, platinum or palladium by special order. It can also be Rose gold or Yellow 18ct gold plated by special order - please contact us for details and an estimate of costAll our charms and pendants are suitable for our Rosa Necklaces, however some are in our opinion are probably too big for Rosa Bracelets. This charm is suitable for both Rosa Necklaces and BraceletsDimensions:Length = 1cm (0.4 inches)Width = 1.7cm (0.7 inches)Weight = 9.3gStock Code: 40001156