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Sometimes also called Chocolate Cowries, because of their rich velvety brown colour, the distinctive creamy gold dots on these shells give them a jewel-like quality. Glossy and lovely to handle, cowries are egg shaped and these ones have pronounced teeth on their ventral face (underside). 


The cowrie was the shell most widely used worldwide as shell money and was important in the trade networks of Africa, South Asia, and East Asia.


These typically measure around 6cm to 7cm across. Colours and sizes will vary; these are natural shells and the photograph is of a typical example, not the shell you will receive. If you have any particular requests in terms of colour or size, please pop them in the notes - we’ll do our best to find the shell that comes closest to what you want!

Humpback cowrie

  • All the shells we sell in our shop are real and they are from abundant and sustainable sources. The vast majority of these shells are a by product of the food industry, even the really tiny ones (used to make soups!).

    Our suppliers are a socially responsible organisation in the Philippines, paying a fair daily wage, who do not export any current endangered species of any sort. We do not stock items taken solely for decorative purposes such as seahorses, puffer fish, etc.

    All the shells are natural; they’ve just been cleaned and, in some cases, polished and occasionally carved or acid-etched. Isn’t nature amazing!

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