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A cowrie, also known as kaudi or cowry is a marine mollusc which has a glossy, brightly patterned domed shell with a long, narrow opening. The cowrie was the shell most widely used worldwide as shell money. It is most abundant in the Indian Ocean and was collected in the Maldives and in Sri Lanka and on other Indian islands. The shells of cowries are usually smooth and shiny and more or less egg-shaped, with a flat under the surface which shows a long, narrow, slit-like opening, which is often toothed at the edges.
Cowrie shells are also worn as jewelry or otherwise used as ornaments or charms. Cowrie or Cowries are naturally formed shells that are considered rare and sacred. The attractive look and the feel of the cowries urged many to buy them and use them as jewelry and as decorative product and even for various ceremonial purposes. In ancient times these cowries were also used as a mode of payment in several parts of the world. According to Hindu mythology, Black Cowrie or Kaali Kowdi shell is of great significance in the worship of Goddess Maha Kaali Ji and Lord Bhairav Ji. Black Kaudi helps protect from negative energies of black magic and relieves the native from the clutches of tantra. In Astrology, Black Kaudi is used to balance the planetary effect of Saturn and the malefic effects of Ketu and Rahu. Black cowries can be used to decorate water bodies, can be kept in aquariums and near swimming pools. They can also be stored in transparent containers and used to decorate living spaces.
A seashell or sea shell, also known simply as a shell, is a naturally occurring, hard, protective outer layer created by an animal that lives in the sea. If you've ever walked on a beach, you've seen seashells, and maybe even collected some to take home. Most shells that are found on beaches are usually made of calcium carbonate. Most seashells come from molluscs, a large group of marine animals including clams, mussels, and oysters, which exude shells as a protective covering. These shells, because of their bright colors, a rich variety of shapes and designs, and abundance along seashores, have long been used for ornaments, tools, and coins. Seashells are commonly found in beach drift, which are natural deposits found along strandlines on beaches by the waves and the tides.
Seashells have been used as a medium of exchange and currency in various places, including many Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean islands, also in North America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Seashells have often been used as tools, because of their strength and the variety of their shapes. Seashells have been used as musical instruments, wind instruments for many hundreds if not thousands of years. Whole seashells or parts of seashells have been used as jewelry or in other forms of adornment since prehistoric times. Shells historically have been and still are made into, or incorporated into, necklaces, pendants, buttons, beads, earrings, brooches, rings, belt buckles, and other uses. Small pieces of colored and iridescent shell have been used to create mosaics and inlays, which have been used to decorate walls, furniture, and boxes. Large numbers of whole seashells, arranged to form patterns, have been used to decorate mirror frames and furniture.
Please Note: Seashells are naturally occurring substances. The availability, size, and color differ from product to product and varies from season to season, depending on the lot. The actual product might vary from the pictures because of the very fact that the lighting conditions when the picture was taken were different or a lot of the product was different. We promise you to do our best to fulfill our commitments and match your expectations but please understand that we don’t want to overdo and harm the ecosystem. We honestly prefer preserving the feel and appearance of the product as well as the environment by keeping it as natural as possible.
|Black Cowrie (Kaali Kaudi)
|Product Size (Approx.):
|Assorted Mix of S – 0.5” , M – 1” & L – 1.5”
|Black with white spots (On Top)
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