The cowrie shell is an ancient and powerful symbol in Africa. It is a symbol of the power of the ocean and goddess protection. As a monetary symbol it came to represent power and wealth. Bring the power of the cowrie shell into your life with these 3-Cowrie Shell Drop Earrings. The stylish earrings add an authentically African accent to any ensemble. They are made of a circle of small beads in the traditional African colors of red, yellow, and green. Hanging from the beads are three polished white cowrie shells. Made in the Phillipines. Approximately 3.5? in length.