Vintage Seashell Necklace
Vintage Seashell Necklace

Vintage Seashell Necklace

Regular price $12.00 Sale


Vintage Seashell Necklace this special piece is from an estate and thought to have been collected during the mid 60s early 1970s. It's owner lived in an ocean front community and was an avid surfer and shell collector for many years.

Seashell jewelry has seen a resurgence in popularity due to the growing interest in eco-friendly and sustainable fashion, as shells are natural and biodegradable materials.

Seashell necklaces have a diverse and culturally rich history, representing both personal adornment and cultural significance. They continue to captivate people's imaginations and remain a cherished accessory for many.

A featured item from our Kennebunkport Collection.  One-of-a-kind unique items sourced from the Kennebunk’s in southern Coastal Maine. Bring an authentic piece of nautical or coastal history into your home.

DIMENSIONS: Approximate .75" W X 15" L

ORIGIN: Kennebunkport, Maine

HISTORY & FACTS: Seashell necklaces have a long and fascinating history that spans across different cultures and time periods. The use of seashells as adornments dates back thousands of years and can be traced to various civilizations around the world. 

Ancient Times:

  • Prehistoric cultures: Seashells were among the first natural materials used by early humans for personal decoration. Archaeological findings indicate that seashells were used as beads and pendants by ancient cultures in different parts of the world, including Africa, Europe, and Asia.
  • Ancient Egypt: Seashell necklaces were popular in ancient Egypt and were worn by both men and women. They were associated with wealth and status and often adorned with precious stones and metals.
  • Ancient Greece and Rome: Seashells held symbolic value in ancient Greek and Roman cultures. They were associated with the goddess of love, Aphrodite (Venus in Roman mythology), and were often used as offerings in temples dedicated to her. Seashell necklaces were also worn as fashionable accessories by the elite.

Indigenous Cultures:

  • Native Americans: Many Native American tribes, such as the Navajo, Hopi, and Cherokee, have a long history of incorporating seashells into their jewelry. Seashell necklaces were often made from various types of shells found along rivers, lakes, and coastlines. They held cultural and spiritual significance, representing connection to nature and the spiritual realm.
  • Pacific Islanders: In the Pacific Islands, seashell necklaces have a rich cultural tradition. In Hawaii, for example, leis (garlands) made from seashells were worn during ceremonies and celebrations. The shells used often had symbolic meanings and were chosen for their colors, shapes, and patterns.

Modern Era:

  • Victorian era: Seashell necklaces experienced a surge in popularity during the Victorian era in the 19th century. The trend was influenced by the fascination with nature and the discovery of new seashell species. Seashell jewelry became fashionable among the upper class, and intricate necklaces and pendants were crafted from shells.
  • 20th century: Seashell necklaces remained popular throughout the 20th century, with various styles emerging. In the mid-20th century, seashell necklaces became particularly trendy during the beach and surf culture of the 1960s and 1970s. They were associated with a carefree, bohemian lifestyle.