Mollusks

Art, Jewelry, and Useful Items Made from Mollusks

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Shell Spoon
 
Shell Spoon
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Shell Buttons
 

Cypraecassis rufa (Linnaeus, 1758)
East Africa
CM 62.7
the most commonly used species for carving cameos


 

 

 
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Cufflinks


 
Cufflinks

 

 

 
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Earrings
 
Ornament

 

 

 
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Shell rings from the Solomon Islands
 

Shell necklace from Brazil, Amazon, Kayapo,
with shell of freshwater mussel, Hyriidae Castalia
encarinata
(Mousson, 1869)
CM Anthropology 32689-265


 

 

 
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Close-up of necklace
 
Necklace from Brazil, Amazon, Kayapó, with shell of
freshwater mussel, Mycetopodidae Andontites sp.
CM Anthropology 32689-259

 

 

 
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Necklace from Brazil, Amazon, Kayapó, with shell
of freshwater mussel, Mycetopodidae Andontites sp.
CM Anthropology 32689-260

 
Detail of full-body necklace from Artindia Funai,
Rikbaktsa tribe, M. grosso, South America, with shells
of freshwater mussels, Hyriidae Diplodon sp.
CM Anthropology 000437-9

 

 

 
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Bracelet with cowry beads, from the Gilbert Islands
 
Purse with cowry beads, from the Gilbert Islands

 

 

 
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Detail of purse
 
Belt with cowry beads, from the Gilbert Islands

 

 
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Detail of belt
 
Hallotidae, Haliotis fulgens (Phillipi, 1845)
California, CM 62.7310
outer layer removed to reveal mother-of-pearl (nacre)
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Pteriidae, Pinctada margaritifera (Linnaeus, 1758)
Pacific Ocean
CM 61.540
pearl oyster

 
Pteriidae, Pinctada margaritifera (Linnaeus, 1758)
Persian Gulf
CM 61.541
pearl oyster
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Pteriidae, Pteria sp.
CM 61.2530
used to make cultured pearls

 
Cypraeidae, Monetaria moneta (Linnaeus, 1758)
Sri Lanka
CM 62.22945
used as a currency in some island nations