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Remember when you were at the beach with your parents and you could spend hours looking for that perfect shell to turn it into a necklace or a bracelet later? Well, it turns out that designers, too, have had the exact same experience and are feeling nostalgic about it.
Actually, if you have spent any time on Instagram in the past 12 months, you surely must have seen that trend coming. Conch necklaces and shell earrings were the go-to accessories for It-girls and influencers last summer and the trend is back on in full force. Of course, these are not your childhood puka shells-and-thread bracelets.
This time around, you can enjoy the luxury version of it—18-karat gold, diamonds, turquoise, real and faux pearls, and shells sustainably sourced from far-flung locales such as French Polynesia and the Philippines. The result is nothing short of dazzling and Instagram-worthy.
So before summer has officially begun, add a couple of these gorgeous ocean-inspired jewelry pieces to your accessories collection and get ready to rock them day and night.
Anna Beck Large Labradorite Gold Pendant Necklace
Each Anna Beck piece is made by hand in Bali, and then, according to local tradition, blessed with a Balinese offering of love and gratitude. This gorgeous pendant is part of the designer’s Pacifica collection that features labradorite gemstone in grey and blue shades akin to the Pacific Ocean.
To buy: $345, annabeck.com
Ranjana Khan Pearl With Turquoise Stud Earrings
Because this stunning pair of earrings is crafted with natural black lip pearl oyster, each pair is unique. Tiny turquoise gems set in 14-karat gold complement the beautiful design.
To buy: $2,500, modaoperandi.com
Haute Victoire 18K Gold, Shell and Turquoise Earring
Show off this pretty shell and turquoise earring by styling your hair in a side-swept hairdo or mix and match it with another gold earring for a cool look.
To buy: $680, modaoperandi.com
Etro Gold-tone, Shell, Faux Pearl, and Crystal Clip Earrings
Add a romantic ocean vibe to your evening look with these elegant Etro earrings that feature Philippines shells, faux pearls, and heart-shaped pendants.
To buy: $375, net-a-porter.com
Aurelie Biederman Merco Gold Shell Necklace
A cowry shell from French Polynesia is the star of this gold necklace. Wear it with your favorite maxi dress for the ultimate summer look.
To buy: $545, net-a-porter.com
Sophie Buhal Silver Shell Earrings
Crafted with shells from the Philippines, they are the perfect accessory for an elegant slip dress and heels.
To buy: $750, net-a-porter.com
Isabel Marant Gold-tone, Shell and Bead Earrings
If you’re into the mismatched earrings trend then this pair of earrings is the perfect addition to your jewelry collection this summer. They are made from gold-tone brass and cowry seashells.
To buy: $135, net-a-porter.com
Rebecca de Ravenel + Aquazzura Riviera Cord, Bead and Shell Clip Earrings
Rebecca de Ravenel and Aquazzura teamed up for an accessory collection inspired by Capri and the result is so elegant and playful. These clip earrings are wrapped in gold cord and decorated with cowry shells.
To buy: $335, net-a-porter.com
Oscar de la Renta Gold-tone Faux Pearl Ring
This oversized gold-tone ring is in the shape of a clam and flaunts a faux pearl.
To buy: $190, net-a-porter.com
1064 Studio Gold-plated Earrings
Wear these oversized statement earrings to freshen up a classic LBD. They are made from gold-plated silver and sport a molded silhouette.
To buy: $500, net-a-porter.com
Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-tone, Turquoise, and Crystal Brooch
This beautiful shell-shaped brooch will come in handy on a cool summer evening by the ocean—use it to secure a shawl wrapped around your shoulders.
To buy: $180, net-a-porter.com
Mizuki Sea of Beauty Pearl and Diamond Cuff
This gold cuff oozes a cool and sophisticated vibe thanks to its asymmetrical design that features a diamond and a luminescent cultured freshwater pearl.
To buy: $1,890, nordstrom.com