Nostalgems’ Sea and Shore Collection celebrates your connection to the sea. All these seashells have been ethically foraged and found in the shores of the Bay of Islands, NZ.

Cockle Shell Earrings #1
Cockle Shell Earrings #1
DESCRIPTION: A pair of NZ cockle shells (tuangi in Maori) suspend on slim drop earwires. Rims have been handgilded with 23k gold. Also known as the 'heart of summer' in NZ because of its heart-shape when viewed from the end. Very apt for the common English phrase "it warms the cockles of my heart".Foraged from one of the shores of the Bay of Islands. SHELL SIZE: 15mm. There will be slight size, shape and colour variations due to its natural elements. EARRING WIRE LENGTH: 40mm long (plus length of shell) PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included. METAL WIRE OPTIONS: 925 sterling silver plated hypoallergenic rhodium / 18k gold plated hypoallergenic rhodium
$84.00
Cockle Shell Earrings #2
Cockle Shell Earrings #2
DESCRIPTION: A pair of NZ cockle shells (tuangi in Maori) set on stainless steel hypoallergenic stainless steel posts. Rims have been handgilded with 23k gold. Also known as the 'heart of summer' in NZ because of its heart-shape when viewed from the end. Very apt for the common English phrase "it warms the cockles of my heart".Foraged from one of the shores of the Bay of Islands. SHELL SIZE: Approx 15mm. There will be slight size, shape and colour variations due to its natural elements. EARRING POSTS: 10mm hypoallergenic stainless steel surgical posts with clutches. PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included.
$74.00
Rock Oyster Shell Earrings #1 (L)
Rock Oyster Shell Earrings #1 (L)
DESCRIPTION: A pair of rock oyster shell fragments (tio reperepe in Maori) suspend on slim drop earwires. Rims have been handgilded with 23k gold. Rock Oysters are abundant in the intertidal zone in the north of the North Island. They are symbols of strength, courage and survival. They also represent resilience & the willingness for transformation. These fragmented rock oyster shells from the Bay of Islands shores have been sea tumbled, smoothing out its naturally sharp edges. Foraged from the shores of the Bay of Islands in the Far North of New Zealand. SHELL SIZE: Irregular shape approx 30-35mm long. There will be slight size, shape and colour variations due to its natural elements. EARRING WIRE LENGTH: 40mm long (plus length of shell) PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included. METAL WIRE OPTIONS: 925 sterling silver plated hypoallergenic rhodium / 18k gold plated hypoallergenic rhodium
$87.00
Rock Oyster Shell Earrings #2 (S)
Rock Oyster Shell Earrings #2 (S)
DESCRIPTION: A pair of sunbleached pipi shells with tiny 23k handgilded gold accents on its ape. Set on hypoallergenic surgical steel posts. Pipi are New Zealand's kai moana (seafood) that are most associated with kiwiana summer holidays. Symbolises a beachy kiwiana summer! Empty pipi shells foraged from one of small islands off the Bay of Islands in the Far North of New Zealand. SHELL SIZE: Approx 15 x 20mm. There will be slight size, shape and colour variations due to its natural elements. EARRING POSTS: 10mm hypoallergenic stainless steel surgical posts with clutches. PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included.
$74.00
Pipi Shell Earrings #1
Pipi Shell Earrings #1
DESCRIPTION: A pair of sunbleached pipi shells with tiny 23k handgilded gold accents on its apex suspend on slim drop earwires. Pipi are New Zealand's kai moana (seafood) that are most associated with kiwiana summer holidays. Symbolises a beachy kiwiana summer! Empty pipi shells foraged from one of small islands off the Bay of Islands in the Far North of New Zealand. SHELL SIZE: Approx. 16 - 20mm long. There will be slight size and shape variations due to its natural elements. EARRING WIRE LENGTH: 40mm long (plus length of natural element) PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included. METAL WIRE OPTIONS: 925 sterling silver plated hypoallergenic rhodium / 18k gold plated hypoallergenic rhodium
$84.00$94.00
Morning Star Shell Earrings #1
Morning Star Shell Earrings #1
DESCRIPTION: A pair of Morning Star shells suspend on slim drop earwires. Apex have been handgilded with 23k gold. Abundant in New Zealand, these shells are known for its shell patterns of lines, zigzags and splotches in a reddish brown. Foraged from the shores of the Bay of Islands in the Far North of New Zealand. SHELL SIZE: Approx. 16 - 20mm long. There will be slight size and shape variations due to its natural elements. EARRING WIRE LENGTH: 40mm long (plus length of natural element) PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included. METAL WIRE OPTIONS: 925 sterling silver plated hypoallergenic rhodium / 18k gold plated hypoallergenic rhodium
$79.00
Pipi Shell Earrings #2
Pipi Shell Earrings #2
DESCRIPTION: A pair of sunbleached pipi shells with tiny 23k handgilded gold accents on its ape. Set on hypoallergenic surgical steel posts. Pipi are New Zealand's kai moana (seafood) that are most associated with kiwiana summer holidays. Symbolises a beachy kiwiana summer! Empty pipi shells foraged from one of small islands off the Bay of Islands in the Far North of New Zealand. SHELL SIZE: Approx 15 x 20mm. There will be slight size, shape and colour variations due to its natural elements. EARRING POSTS: 10mm hypoallergenic stainless steel surgical posts with clutches. PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included.
$74.00
Paua Shell Earrings #2
Paua Shell Earrings #2
DESCRIPTION: A baby Paua shells (NZ Abalone) suspended on ends of earrings wires. Paua are considered taonga (treasure) to Maori. It has a thin finely sculptured shell. It has a small spire with 2-3 whorls. Sustainably collected from A NZ Northland Paua Farm. SHELL SIZE: Approx 15 x 20mm. There will be slight size, shape and colour variations due to its natural elements. EARRING POSTS: 10mm hypoallergenic stainless steel surgical posts with clutches. PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included.
$74.00
Paua Shell Earrings #1
Paua Shell Earrings #1
DESCRIPTION: A baby Paua shells  (NZ Abalone) suspended on ends of earrings wires. Paua are considered taonga (treasure) to Maori. It has a thin finely sculptured shell.  It has a small spire with 2-3 whorls. Sustainably collected from A NZ Northland Paua Farm. SHELL SIZE: Approx. 16 - 20mm long. There will be slight size and shape variations due to its natural elements. EARRING WIRE LENGTH: 40mm long (plus length of natural element) PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included. METAL WIRE OPTIONS: 925 sterling silver plated hypoallergenic rhodium / 18k gold plated hypoallergenic rhodium
$74.00
Rock Oyster Shell Earrings #1 (S)
Rock Oyster Shell Earrings #1 (S)
DESCRIPTION: Rock Oyster shell handgilded with gold and fragments suspends on end of earring wires. Tio Reperepe or Rock Oysters are abundant  in the intertidal zone in the north of the North Island. Rock Oysters are symbols of strength, courage and survival. They also represent  resilience & the willingness for transformation. These fragmented rock oyster shells from the Bay of Islands shores have been sea tumbled, smoothing out its naturally sharp edges. Foraged from the shores of the Bay of Islands in the Far North of New Zealand. SHELL SIZE: Irregular shape approx. 25mm x 10mm to fit setting. There will be slight size and shape variations due to its natural elements. EARRING WIRE LENGTH: 40mm long (plus length of natural element) PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included. METAL WIRE OPTIONS: 925 sterling silver plated hypoallergenic rhodium / 18k gold plated hypoallergenic rhodium
$74.00
Kina Shell Earrings #1
Kina Shell Earrings #1
DESCRIPTION: Handgilded kina shell fragments set on the end of drop wire earrings Shell handsculpted to resemble natural gemstones. Kina or sea urchins are found all around the New Zealand coast in shallow water and down to 15m.  Looking a like a hedgehog rolled up in a ball, the spines of kina seem to be impenetrable defences. Kina have a nearly spherical shell which protects internal organs. The shell carries its movable spines and tube feet. Kina are symbols of benevolence, kind-heartedness and inner beauty. Collected from one of the shores of the Bay of Islands. Handsculpted and gilded with 23k gold leaf and natural mica powder, resin, local sand and sculptor's clay to resemble a natural gemstone. SHELL SIZE: Irregular shape approx. 25mm x 10mm to fit setting. There will be slight size and shape variations due to its natural elements. EARRING WIRE LENGTH: 40mm long (plus length of natural element) PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included. METAL WIRE OPTIONS: 925 sterling silver / 14k gold filled
$139.00
Seajourner Earrings #1
Seajourner Earrings #1
Description: Bleached Rhodolith algae set on the end of drop wire earrings A Rhodolith is a detached ball of algae that travels along the sea floor with the help of deep sea currents and tidal action. Also known as Maerl or Sea Tumbleweed, the aquatic adventure bush provides refuge for small organisms as it travels, while simultaneously spreading its seed. This ocean soujourner resonates well with those with the passion for travel and adventure. Foraged from one of the shores of the Bay of Islands in the Far North of New Zealand. Handsculpted and gilded with 23k gold leaf and natural mica powder, resin, local sand and sculptor's clay to resemble a natural gemstone. SHELL SIZE: Irregular shape approx. 25mm x 10mm to fit setting. There will be slight size and shape variations due to its natural elements. EARRING WIRE LENGTH: 40mm long (plus length of natural element) PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included. METAL WIRE OPTIONS: 925 sterling silver / 14k gold filled
$139.00
Shell Crumble Earrings #1
Shell Crumble Earrings #1
DESCRIPTION: An eroded Kua Kua, or Large Dog Cockle shell fragment set on the end of drop wire earrings. Please choose drop wire style above. The organic sponge-like bores and holes are due to age and bioerosion, the natural process in the ocean where boring organisms drill holes by mechanical or chemical methods. The beautiful result of bioerosion symbolises dignity, character and enduring. Foraged from one of the shores of the Bay of Islands in the Far North of New Zealand. Handsculpted and gilded with 23k gold leaf and natural mica powder, resin, local sand and sculptor's clay to resemble a natural gemstone. SHELL SIZE: Irregular shape approx. 25mm x 10mm to fit setting. There will be slight size and shape variations due to its natural elements. EARRING WIRE LENGTH: 40mm long (plus length of natural element) PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included. METAL WIRE OPTIONS: 925 sterling silver / 14k gold filled
$139.00
Jingle Shell Necklace #4
Jingle Shell Necklace #4
DESCRIPTION: A Jingle Shell (Poro Poro) suspends on a cap bail. Found from the low intertidal to 30m deep under boulders, attached to other shells, on wharf piles, or debris. It can also be found on soft sediments, either singly or attached to other Jingle Shells forming a stack. It is called Jingle Shell or Oyster because the valves are often used as wind chimes. Jingle Shells are symbols of honesty and transparency. Foraged from one of the shores of the Bay of Islands in the Far North of New Zealand. PENDANT SIZE:Approx 25-30mm diameter. There will be slight and shape variations due to its natural elements. CHAIN TYPE: Satellite chain link necklace With chain extender. CHAIN LENGTH: Adjustable lengths 18in/45cm to 20in/50cm PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included. METAL CHAIN OPTIONS: 14K Gold filled
$114.00
Paua Shell Necklace #2
Paua Shell Necklace #2
DESCRIPTION: A baby Paua shell (NZ Abalone) is nestled inside a 6-prong setting. Paua are considered taonga (treasure) to Maori. It has a thin finely sculptured shell. It has a small spire with 2-3 whorls. Sustainably collected from A NZ Northland Paua Farm. PENDANT SETTING: 6-prong setting approx. 18 x 25mm. CHAIN TYPE: Fine chain link necklace With chain extender. CHAIN LENGTH: Adjustable lengths 18in/45cm to 20in/50cm PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included. METAL CHAIN OPTIONS: GF
$109.00
NZ Cockle Shell Necklace #2
NZ Cockle Shell Necklace #2
DESCRIPTION: A Tuangi of NZ Cockle shell is nestled inside a 6-prong setting.Well known as the New Zealand cockle. the Tuangi was scientifically described by the English naturalist William Wood in 1828. He named it after the geologist Samuel Stutchbury, who collected cockles and other sea shells while he was in the Pacific Islands from 1825 to 1827. Also known as the 'heart of summer' in NZ because of its heart-shape when viewed from the end. Very apt for the common English phrase "it warms the cockles of my heart".Foraged from one of the shores of the Bay of Islands. PENDANT SETTING: 6-prong setting approx. 18 x 25mm. CHAIN TYPE: Fine chain link necklace With chain extender. CHAIN LENGTH: Adjustable lengths 18in/45cm to 20in/50cm PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included. METAL CHAIN OPTIONS: GF
$109.00
Paua Shell Necklace #1
Paua Shell Necklace #1
DESCRIPTION: A baby Paua shell (NZ Abalone) is nestled inside a prong setting. Paua are considered taonga (treasure) to Maori. It has a thin finely sculptured shell. It has a small spire with 2-3 whorls. Sustainably collected from A NZ Northland Paua Farm. PENDANT SIZE: Approx 20-24mm diameter to fit setting. There will be slight size and shape variations due to its natural elements. PENDANT SETTING: 4-prong setting approx. 25 x 25mm. CHAIN TYPE: Satellite chain link necklace With chain extender. CHAIN LENGTH: Adjustable lengths 18in/45cm to 20in/50cm PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included. METAL CHAIN OPTIONS: GP
$109.00
NZ Cockle Shell Necklace #1
NZ Cockle Shell Necklace #1
DESCRIPTION: A Tuangi of NZ Cockle shell is nestled inside a 4-prong setting. Well known as the New Zealand cockle. the Tuangi was scientifically described by the English naturalist William Wood in 1828. He named it after the geologist Samuel Stutchbury, who collected cockles and other sea shells while he was in the Pacific Islands from 1825 to 1827. Also known as the 'heart of summer' in NZ because of its heart-shape when viewed from the end. Very apt for the common English phrase "it warms the cockles of my heart". Foraged from one of the shores of the Bay of Islands. PENDANT SIZE: Approx 35L x 20H to fit setting. There will be slight size and shape variations due to its natural elements. PENDANT SETTING: 4-prong setting approx. 25 x 25mm. CHAIN TYPE: Satellite chain link necklace With chain extender. CHAIN LENGTH: Adjustable lengths 18in/45cm to 20in/50cm PACKAGING: Gold-Foiled Nostalgem logo on Charcoal Black Cardboard Box with inner black pad 100 x 100 x 40mm. Provenance story card included. METAL CHAIN OPTIONS: GP
$109.00