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Trends & Subcultures

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Jewels Of The Sea: Why Everyone Is Wearing Shell Jewellery Again

WORDS BY STEPHEN YU

CREATIVES BY ROBERT ROBINSON

 

Ah, seashells. Repressed memories come flooding back. That time Ellie from school stole that art prize from you with her shell art (that clearly wasn't as good as yours). That time on holiday when you wanted to get your hair braided, but mum would only buy you a shell bracelet. That holiday fling with Chad, and his embarrassing puka shell necklace.

 

Ever since the dawn of mankind, our lives have been inextricably linked to the discarded outer skeletons of molluscs (...ew). From currencies to religious symbols, and musical instruments, shells have done it all. But adulthood has banished these iridescent beauties to memories of beachside souvenir shops and pushy beach salesmen. That is until now.

 

After sightings on-shore for the first time since the 90s, thanks to Prada’s AW17 women and SS18 men's collections, shell jewellery has been making a comeback at anything but snail’s pace. Other brands like have since hopped on the trend. Rather than those you’d find strewn across your favourite beach you’d find on the beach, this new wave of shell jewellery is elevated through gold and silver coatings and jewelled decorative detailing.

 

Our tips on how to wear this trend? Look no further.

 

 

 

If you’re lucky enough to be heading off somewhere hot this year, pair big shell necklaces with a white linen dress to show that old holiday fling how much you’ve grown up.

 

 

▶ Shop the look: Tohum Large Puka Natural Shell Necklace

Tohum Large Puka Natural Shell Necklace

 

 

 

Steer clear of fussy necklines when wearing a statement earring. Opt for a polo knit and scraped back hair to keep the attention on your jewellry.

 

 

◀ Shop the look: Rosantica White Fato Shell Hoop Earrings

Rosantica White Fato Shell Hoop Earrings

 

 

 

These opulent gold tassel earrings are the perfect accessory for a winter wedding paired with a v-neck midi dress. You’ll lure many a drunken sailor into the depths of the sea with these on.

 

 

▶ Shop the look: Aurelie Bidermann Shell Necklace

Aurelie Bidermann Shell Necklace

 

 

 

Puka shell graduates from douchebag’s necks to your beautiful wrists. Ensure you wear bracelet length sleeves to show these off.

 

 

◀ Shop the look: Loree Rodkin Paved Shell Bracelet

Loree Rodkin Paved Shell Bracelet

 

 

 

Clip your hair up and wear a backless top for a sultry look.

 

 

▶ Shop the look: Petite Grand Shell Anklet

Petite Grand Shell Anklet

 

 

 

You don’t always have to go overboard with shells. Wear these subtle gold earrings so you can always hear the ocean in your ear.

 

 

◀ Shop the look: Alison Lou 14kt Yellow Gold Shell Stud Earring

Alison Lou 14kt Yellow Gold Shell Stud Earring

 

 

 

Wear this big shell necklace over a plunging neckline to leave men shellshocked.

 

 

▶ Shop the look: Maison Margiela Coquillage Necklace

Maison Margiela Coquillage Necklace

 

 

 

Pair these iridescent shell earrings with a chunky white knit this winter for a classy winter look.

 

 

◀ Shop the look: Polder CT Round Earrings

Polder CT Round Earrings
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