Nagaland Shell Earrings



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19th century, Nagaland, 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.
We wrapped each gorgeous shell with steling sheet to dangle from the earring tops.  This pair is shown with clip tops.  Please make note at checkout should you prefer post or hook tops.
one of a kind
Average shell: 1 7/8 x 1/2″
Drop from bottom of disc: just under 1″