Naga Shell Necklace



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18th – 19th century, Nagaland, India

This gorgeous shell is a like a little landscape painting.  The natural coloration is so rich and enhanced by over a hundred years of wear.

These 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. That shell
cutting industry in South India has not been active for more than one hundred and fifty years. 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.
A limited Jewels design; no two exact
Shell: 1 1/2 x 5/8″
Sterling chain: 20.5″