A few weeks ago my husband and I had the chance to spend some time with his family in Pensacola, Florida. It was a wonderful, necessary, rejuvenating vacation. One of my favorite beach activities is hunting for shells.
I especially love finding the ones that already have holes — perfect for jewelry making!
Did you know? Mollusks have an anatomical feature that is unique to them, called a radula. It’s basically a long, fibrous ribbon covered in tiny teeth. They use it to drill through the shells of other mollusks in order to shuck them and eat them. The perfect, minuscule holes on many shells are created by radulae.
There were endless numbers of pretty shells with those perfect holes, so I made it my mission to find more gnarly, unique pieces, such as the ones pictured below.
I’m particularly happy with some of the larger, more irregular shells I found (some of them I think are pieces of coral). Their roughness paired with dainty crochet stitches creates a delightfully singular look.
I’m looking forward to many more adventures that inspire diverse and offbeat creations! Check out the shop to purchase shell jewelry!