7 Ways to Rock the Shell Accessory Trend
By: Emily Polner
It may be too early to head down to the beach, but you can get a head start on channeling beachy summer vibes thanks to shell-shaped jewelry. We’re seeing shells take over every possible jewelry form, from classic necklaces and bracelets to intricate headbands and hair clips. With so many different styles and shapes to choose from, it’s easy to rock shell accessories in a way that’s true to you. This trend has already infiltrated major retailers at both high-end and lower price points, so get ready to click “add to shopping bag” for these seven picks.
Minimalism meets trendy with this pair of cowrie shell earrings from Madewell. These mini gold hoops with real cowrie shells have a delicate, vintage feel that will definitely up your style game. One reviewer said that she loves these so much, she bought a second pair for when her first pair wears out – catch us adding two pairs to our bags, then.
Cowrie Shell Mini Hoop Earrings, $18; madewell.com
Live out all of your mermaid queen dreams with a shell headband. This ornate one from Deepa Gurnani is intricately crafted with shells, stones, and glass beading for a truly regal feel. The gold metal headband is backed with soft suede for maximum comfort. Fit for a queen, indeed.
Deepa by Deepa Gurnani Shelley Headband, $98; shopbop.com
Not super into the natural shell look? This take on the shell jewelry trend from Artisans of IQ will surely suffice. Handcrafted in 18 karat gold, this cowrie shell bracelet features an expandable chain so it will fit any wrist size with ease (no need to get out a measuring tape!).
Oni Bracelet, $340; artisansofiq.com
We totally get it – not everyone is willing to commit financially to a trend. That’s why we’re thankful that stores like Forever 21 are hopping on the shell bandwagon. These top-rated high-polished gold scallop earrings are so gorgeous that no one will ever guess the amount that you paid for them.
Shell Drop Earrings, $5; forever21.com
This isn’t exactly the puka shell necklace you remember from the early 2000s. Tohum Design has transformed and updated the classic accessory to a sleek and sophisticated statement piece. The necklace is comprised of entirely natural shells, and its cord can be adjusted from 14” to 30,” instantly giving you a wide range of ways to wear.
Tohum Design Natural Large Puka Shell Necklace, $260; barneys.com
For those who love daintier accessories, this mini shell necklace is ready and here for you. Available in both silver and gold, the shells are small enough to be subtle but just big enough to be noticed. The delicate size makes this piece perfect for layering with your other necklaces.
Mini Shell Necklace, $22; urbanoutfitters.com
Get your beachy waves ready and knock out two trends in one with these beautiful shell hair clips from Free People. No need to worry about them getting tangled or caught in your locks - the alligator closure makes them easy to slip on and off. These clips come in silver and gold in both cowrie and scallop shapes. Style suggestion: rock multiple versions of these clips at once (i.e., both shell shapes in the same color or the same shell shape but both colors) for a captivating summer look.
Bay Side Slide Set, $12; freepeople.com
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