This necklace is an ode to founder Sydney Ziems' African heritage. In African legend, a love of cowrie shells shows that you could be family to an ocean spirit of wealth and earth. It also represents the Goddess of protection in the ocean. In Africa and the Americas, the cowrie symbolized destiny and prosperity. Also thought of as the mouth of Orisha. This necklace features black enamel cowrie shells with 24k gold plated trim woven together on a nylon string so you can wear this necklace at multiple lengths. Length: up to 18"