A Seventeeth Century Silver Mounted Talisman.

Circa 1690


comprising of a seashell with cream and orange spotted surface, mounted in a lobed silver pendant with textured suspension loop.

Seashells have been prized as powerful talisman for thousands of years in many different cultures. They have yonic connotations and the properties they were believed to possess most likely related to this, such as bestowing on the wearer enhanced fertility or protecting a mother during pregnancy and child birth.  The shell is also an attribute of the Goddess Venus, for like she they are born from the sea.