Pearly Shell Necklace

Ten Thousand Villages

This stunning lightweight necklace features delicate pearly white capiz, which is the thin shell of a marine mollusk. Artisans first wash and soak shells and then after they are dried they cut the shells into shapes and edge them with metal wire. A finishing coat of varnish is then added to complete this labor-intensive process, which yields a beautiful result. Pair it with matching earrings.

Fun fact: capiz was typically used for windows in houses before glass windows became available in the Philippines, where this necklace was made. 


  • 40 inches long
  • Made with capiz and silver-plated brass
  • Handmade in the Philippines
  • Matching earrings

    About Ten Thousand Villages
    For more than 60 years, Ten Thousand Villages has served as a fair trade retailer, working with more than 130 artisan groups from nearly 40 countries. It has pioneered the fair trade industry to help break the cycle of poverty.

    The non-profit social enterprise:

    • Pays a fair price;
    • Creates long-term partnerships with artisan groups;
    • Makes sure artisans have good working conditions;
    • Collaborates with designers to produce trend pieces that incorporate traditional craftmanship;
    • Emphasizes using recycled or renewable materials;
    • Empowers to help create change for the artisans, their communities, and their families.

    Photo: © Courtesy of Ten Thousand Villages

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