By Ashley Davis
Ashley.Davis@nationaljeweler.com
Cowrie shell jewelry instantly conjures specific associations: surf culture, beaches, and the freedom of summertime.

That most low maintenance of jewels gets a luxurious upgrade from Almasika, the Chicago-based fine jewelry brand that counts the cowrie shell as one of its signature motifs.

The cowrie shell has long been used in jewelry and, historically, even as a form of currency in various cultures, particularly those bordering the Indian Ocean where the shells are commonly found.

They’ve arguably never been as valuable as in the Almasika version of a tennis necklace, however, rendered in 18-karat yellow gold and diamond pave.

Priced at $31,200, it’s not one you’d want to risk losing in the ocean.

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