What is it that compels us to stuff our pockets with a variety of shells every time they are near the water? Perhaps it’s about the memories of a vacation, or those seaside feelings of salty air and sunshine. But also, shells are pretty, in fact they were an early form of jewelry and used as currency.
But sometimes, the best shells are the ones you don’t have to look for yourself. Despite aspirations of crafting our own shell jewelry, we usually end up falling for pieces that include diamonds, lapis, onyx, and gold. Call it mermaid chic or simply the evolution of jewelry (more is more and less is a bore, after all!). Nothing compliments a summer outfit like a piece of shell jewelry. Even in cooler months, glancing down at a shell on your finger, or catching a glimpse of an earring in the mirror, brings back summer memories of warmth, fun, and the outdoors. Below are our favorite shells to wear year-round!
Diamond Encrusted Coffee Bean Shell Cuff
For a subtle shell moment, Renna’s cuff will do the trick. It will go with everything from a cocktail dress to a bathing suit.
Le Cauri Blackened Gold Diamond Earrings
Jewelry inspired by the natural world doesn’t have to mean sacrificing sparkle, after all, diamonds are natural too!
Petite Careyes Shell and Garnet Pendant
Remember that shell you found on the beach as a kid? It’s back, this time as a garnet-studded necklace..
Swarovski Crystal Shell White Cowrie Bracelet
Swarovski has rebooted the classic cowrie shell by adding some alternating bling.
Yellow Gold Shell Stud
Shell studs go with everything and offer little laid-back flair.
Ebonee Cowrie Necklace
Delphin Gold-Plated, Shell and Pearl Clip Earrings
Stick with the ocean theme with these earrings by Éliou, because shells and pearls are the perfect pair.
Poseidon’s Getaway Necklace
Bibi van der Velden’s Poseidon necklace gives us the perfect excuse to wear shells year-round!
Shell Drop Clip Earrings
Take it from the master Yves Saint Laurent, the French Riviera (and its shells) are always in style. Plus, who doesn’t need an excuse to add some more Saint Laurent to their closet?
Merco Shell Earring
Aurelie Bidermann’s fun jewelry is inspired by travel, nature, and a free-spirited, bohemian lifestyle. Mix and match this earring with another one of her colorful styles for a cool modern look.
Les Charmantes Coral & Shell Charm Gold Earrings
For a real summer statement, reach for these charm earrings by Haute Victoire.
Odette New York® La Mer Shell Pendant Necklace
A shiny shell on the beach is a must-grab, and when it’s a pendant, it’s a must-wear.
9Kt Gold Pearl Shell Diamond Ring
A great statement ring is always in order, layer this one with dainty midi rings to complete the look.
Puka Shell Gold-Plated Choker
Tohum’s puka shell choker is definitely a step up from this early aughts favorite. Layering this choker with pendants and other colorful jewelry will create a fun summer camp look.
Cauri N°2 9-Karat Rose Gold, Onyx and Diamond Earring
For a fun twist, this onyx and diamond earring from Pascale Monvoisin will contrast nicely with colorful summer dresses.
Mini Lapis Clamshell Necklace
Combine the colors of the sea with a beautiful shell and voila, the perfect necklace by Brent Neale.
Cabana Charm Bracelet
Mish New York
Charm bracelets are back! With these seaside treasures on your wrist, the summer is sure to be amazing.
Black Dotted White Enamel Snail Shell Clip-On Earrings
Add some extra pop to your ensemble with these polka dot earrings by cult-favorite Kenneth Jay Lane.
Four Shell Cufflinks
18K Yellow Gold Seashell Pendant Earrings
These Fred Leighton earrings are stunning. Wearing them with a messy updo, white button down, and sandals creates the perfect shore look.
Shell, Coral, Pearl and Diamond Necklace
The only thing prettier than one shell is a great, shell bouquet. Marisa Klass’ necklace makes this vision possible.
Gold Shell Ring
Layer this Tiina Smith ring with some rainbow jewels to create a fun effect.
Moon and Star Shell Drops Earrings
A moonlit ocean makes for a romantic date, but don’t leave it up to chance. Wear these celestial earrings for that pearlescent glow, wherever the night takes you.
Helix Shell Pendant
Jenna Blake’s shell pendant is dramatic and boasts some surrealist flair.
Two gems of the natural world–shells, and rainbows–come together into a super cute charm.
Cowri Shell Waif Ring
Keep it simple and elegant with this ring by Jacquie Aiche.
Nura Shell and Pearl Necklace Set
This Monica Vinader necklace with a striped t-shirt, and Birkenstocks (even if they are controversial) makes for easy summer dressing.
Baroque Pearl & Spiral Shell Hoop Earrings
Asymmetrical earrings are proving to be a tried and true classic, and this Missoma pair is no exception.
Add this lovely charm by Rondel to your necklace or a huggie hoop to feel the sea wherever you are.
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