Today, fancy jewelry with precious stones is a symbol of wealth and status – just like in prehistoric times. This shell pendant was the centerpiece of a necklace of shell beads worn by a man with important social standing in the community.
These pendants are made from the central column of the left-handed whelk shell, a marine snail just like the originals. Pendants came in many shapes and sizes. The polish is from the snail that lived in the shell.