Tribal Cowrie Shell necklace
Tribal Cowrie Shell Papua necklace, made with Cypraea moneta shells.
In Papua this type of necklace is used during ceremonies and is custom-made for each person. Its round outside shape symbolizes the universe, while the circular hole in the center is a symbol of the opening to eternal life. It is believed to bring the wearer a happy life and protection.
There, the shells are known to bring good luck and to protect the spirit of the wearer, and many tribes use them in spiritual ceremonies.
They also are a sign of femininity and fertility, with women often wearing them not only to help them conceive, but to help them give birth safely.