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Cowrie Shells

Cypraeidae

There are about 200 different types of cowrie seashells. Cowry shells are from warm seas. They are brilliantly colored with a high polish surface. The rounded oval surface is glossy and smooth while the opening (aperture) is toothed. Both lips are lined with teeth running the full length of the shell.

Cowries were once used as currency but today we use them as jewelry, charms or collectibles. Cowrie shells are used in sailors valentines and many other craft projects.

Whatever you use them for, the vibrant colors and amazing patterns are sure to captivate you and yours.

The sea shells below are just a few of the shells in the cowrie class. Sometimes spelled cowry, cowrie or the plural form cowries.

Author: Amy Ferguson