Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Luhuanus : Large Conical Shells in Jewelry Design

By on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 8 Comments

Marine Biology
Part 1 of 2

I made this necklace for a friend some years ago. The large soft pink shells were challenging to use as they are oddly shaped.  But I think I succeeded for my friend was very pleased with it. I teamed the large shells with grey mother of pearl ovals and smaller pink shells as well as small hematite rondelles.

It really bugged me for a long time not knowing what the shells were. You know, species. I am after all a scientist and am curious about those things.

I tried looking through shell reference books and checked internet sites but I was not really certain as the shells have been cut lengthwise.

Fortunately, while looking for how-tos, I stumbled upon ArtBeads's Tropical Vacation Necklace tutorial and learned what they are - luhuanus shells.These are shells of a type of sea snail called the Strawberry conch or Strombus luhuanus. Its popular name is due to the warm colors - reddish, pinkish and orangish hues. What I like about these shells is the inner lip which has a black or dark brown border.

The designer of the Art Beads tutorial grouped even more of the shells together in the front as you can see below. The close up picture shows how lovely they are.

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  2. I meant to compliment you on the choice of colors for your necklace. That blue is a perfect compliment to your shells. A lucky friend!

    I also said that I love this blog. I have perused countless jewelry/inspiration blogs and can never find anything that truly interests me. The Internet has made it possible for anyone to write, but few are saying anything!!

  3. Thanks Cate! For liking the design and the inspirational posts I write! I love doing it as much as you like reading it.

  4. Gorgeous necklace yet elegant!!!


  5. Wow what interesting ways to string those shells. I love the one with the little fish swimming through them! It looks like he is making his way through some lovely reeds or coral!

  6. Thanks for sharing the info, Pearl! I got some of these shells, too, besides many others. And always try to identify them. Simply because I want to know. :-)

  7. Just what I needed to jumpstart my new shell necklace!

    Thank you, Pearl! I love this daily blog

  8. Thank YOU Laura for the kind comments! The feedback keeps me going.