Scientists say humans have only explored three percent of the world’s oceans. Who knows what the remaining 97 percent holds?
For humans, seashells and corals are among the most fascinating creatures in the ocean. A seashell is not just a pretty rock. It is the hard, protective outer layer created by an animal that lives in the sea, and the shell is part of its body. Most shells found on beaches are those of marine mollusks. They are usually made of calcium carbonate and last longer than shells made of chitin.
Marine life is abundant in the Philippines and many people thrive on businesses using shells—turning them into jewelry, ornaments, and even furniture—thinking that this would be harmless to our oceans. What most people don’t know is that shells are vital to the marine ecosystem. Their calcium carbonate needs to go back to the ocean so sea creatures can reuse it to rebuild their exoskeletons or shells. Not a lot of people know about this, which is why jewelry and other shell-based products remain in the market.
If you’re an ocean lover, it is important to be aware of water-sourced materials that you consume, especially if these are made out of materials from the ocean. While these products are beautiful and locally made, taking them out of their habitat contributes to the massive ecosystem imbalance resulting from hoarding by businesses.
Which is why we found alternatives for you. Flaunting your inner island girl doesn’t require jewelry made out of genuine seashells. These local brands give you options. And no shells were harmed in the making of these trinkets.
Seaglass Sonata prides itself in using pure sea glass, recycled metal, brass, and copper for their handmade jewelry pieces. Worn by waves, recycled by the sea, sea glass is a product of both nature and man. Bottles, jars, and glass carelessly discarded are shaped by the gentle movement of the ocean to form these colorful gems that return to shore. Available on Instagram.
Istorya Creations The Koral Collection
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The Koral is an ode to the lush biodiversity of the Philippine marine life. 🏞 The Philippines is home to hundreds of coral and reef fish 🐟🐠 species being the world's third most coral-rich area. 🐚 Although, that may not last very long because of human impact and climate change. To contribute to positive change, all profit from the Koral will be donated to Marine Conservation Philippines. 🙂 Each piece is Php 650. Available while supplies last. www.istoryacreations.com
The Philippines is home to 505 coral species and 915 reef fish species as the world’s third most coral-rich area. This elegant golden Koral necklace is Istorya Creations’ tribute to the lush corals and marine biodiversity of the Philippine seas—and can be worn in three different ways. Profits of The Koral collection are donated to Marine Conservation Philippines, to help preserve aquatic life. Available online.
Little White Pouch Aquata & Aquamarine
The Aquata and Aquamarine Eternity rings are made of 14-karat rose gold and look like they come from the very heart of the ocean itself. Little White Pouch is a custom jewelry shop that specializes in creating imperfect, aka “salt-and-pepper” diamonds. They are about 30-50 percent cheaper than regular diamonds, and have naturally-formed white and black inclusions in the stones. Available on Instagram.
Soul Flower Co Wave Rings
These custom wave rings with labradorite and Australian crystal opal from Soul Flower Co just calls out to all ocean lovers. The beautifully carved metal that mimics the shape of a wave, encrusted with a crystal as if symbolizing its heart, depicts the beauty and elegance of the ocean. Available online.
Cari The Isla & Alon
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Nothing but love & Island vibes with our fast sellers! (L-R: The Isla & Alon) 🌴🌊 These are already sold out! Butttt we got loads of msgs requesting more of them so we decided to open pre orders for all of you beach babes! Soooo fret not there is a small window in which you can secure yours 🔅 So place all your orders until (THE ISLA April 8 & ALON April 19) SHOP VIA CARIPHILIPPINES.COM
Made from premium stainless quality and gold iad plating, The Isla and Alon pendants have you dreaming of an ocean escape. Whether wearing alone or layering the two together, these classic pendants will make you the ultimate island girl. Available online.
Cat & Kai Sea Creature Pendants
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A mammal, reptile, fish and invertebrate. Which specie is your favorite? 😍😍😍 #seaglassjewelry #catkaihandmadedolphin #catkaihandmadeturtle #catkaihandmadejellyfish #catkaihandmadewhaleshark #dolphinjewelry #seaglassdolphin #seaglassturtle #turtlejewelry #jellyfish #seaglassjellyfish #whalesharks #whalesharkjewelry #conservation #upcycledjewelry #ecojewelry #silverhandmadejewelry #madewithlove #seektheunique #uniquejewelry
Cat & Kai handmade jewelry also make use of sea glass for their beautiful pieces! These designs are inspired by marine animals and pay tribute to the diverse aquatic life of our shores. They have various available designs like the dolphin, turtle, stingray, jellyfish, mermaid, and many more. Available on Instagram.
Art by Tricia Guevara
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