These cowrie pieces are inspired by the Western African reverence of cowries. The cowry can be traced back to the 8th century where it came to West Africa through North Africa and the Maldive islands. It is called Owoeye by the Yoruba people, Nwefe or Okpokpo by the Igbo people and in Bini, Bosje or Igvo. The cowry is symbolic for spiritual uses, it was used as currency, for communication and of course as jewellery. It even arguably became a pan-African currency. The Ghanaian cedi carries an image of the cowry. In fact, cedi is an Akan word for cowry.
This collection represents and celebrates this gorgeous sea shell which grounds us, symbolizing wealth and ties to the earth and our roots.