During the ancient kingdoms in Africa, cowry shells were valued as a form of money. A highly prized shell that is a symbol of fertility and prosperity. The continued use of these shells as adornment on clothing and jewelry is a constant reminder of African history. Not an imitation, mass produced in another cultures factory, each set of earrings is individually hand crafted by someone who has created jewelry as their lifetime work. Perfect when you want something authentic, handcrafted, and truely all your own at the same time. Earrings match necklace J-N300.