Shell Jewelry from the Past

by Bev Carlson.

Shell Jewelry from the Past by Bev Carlson  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

This is a picture of the shell jewelry that my Mother used to make in the 1940’s.

Because of the war materials were scarce.

She ordered shells from Florida and made these pieces.

She sold them through a friend at her office at Kodak and made enough money to purchase a vacuum cleaner.

I still have about 10 or so pieces she made.

Bev Carlson
Ring by Ring Designs

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  • Bev, you are so fortunate to have some of these gorgeous pieces that your Mother made. They are so detailed and delicate looking. And what an interesting part of history they are – showing the use of alternative jewelry materials during and after World War 2. Fascinating! Thank you for sharing these.

  • Tamara Robertson says:

    Wow! These are gorgeous, Bev! So intricate and professionally done. I love them!

  • Thank you. I’m glad others like and appreciate them too. The best part for me was the attitude of the era. She was most proud of earning the money to purchase the vacuum cleaner on her own. Bev

  • Barbara Cameron says:

    These are beautiful.

  • Oh my…my mother did the same, but in the 60’s. And we live in FL. In fact I still have one or two she made, plus some of the shells…want to do something with them, but don’t know what….

  • That’s so cool, Veralynne! 🙂 If you make something from them, I’d love to see!

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