The shell is from Nagaland, NE India. These shells were cut from the center of South Indian Ocean chank shells (Turbinella pyrum), which are very similar to conch shells, just another closely related species. In some cases, the shells were actually drilled and made into wearable beads by Angami Nagas, who would have traded for them via Assam, India. Each is different but all come from the same species of mollusk.The shell cutting industry in South India has not been active for more than one hundred and fifty years.
The Egyptian stone scarab was made at least 100 years ago. It has a wonderful quality, hand carved mottled green and browns. Our talented silversmith wrapped the scarab with sterling sheet and the shell with sterling wire.
One of a kind
Scarab: just over 1.125 x .75″
Naga shell: just over 1.5 x .5″
Sterling chain necklace length: 29.5″
Scarab and chain drop: 2.75″