Greek Shell Necklace
Greece Mid-2nd Century BC
Ancient bronze coin set in 18k yellow gold, balanced at its base with 3 white diamonds, 0.16ctw, attached to a handmade, 18k yellow gold link chain.
The coin depicts a scallop shell. According to an ancient legend, Venus, the Roman goddess of love, emerged from the sea and was ferried to shore, on a scallop shell. Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of beauty, love, and fertility, was also created from the sand and pearls within an oyster shell. The Shell, with its hard
inside casing to protect life in the form of pearls, symbolizes
the protective aspect of love.