The peculiar human passion for exoskeletons has been around since early humans first started picking up pretty objects along seashores and beaches. Seashells fascinate a lot of us for their natural colors, delicately sculpted shapes and glorious decorations and structure.
One of the earliest known evidence of modern human culture are beads made from shells found in North Africa and Israel and have been dated by anthropologists as at least 100,000 years ago.
In medieval times, shells were not just rare, but literally regarded as precious gifts from God. Such natural wonders “declare the skillful hand from which they come” and reveal “the excellent artisan of the Universe,” wrote one 18th-century French connoisseur.
The precious wentletrap, a pale white spiral enclosed by slender vertical ribs, proved to another collector that only God could have created such a “work of art.”
At one 18th-century auction in Amsterdam, some shells sold for more than paintings by Jan Steen and Frans Hals, and only slightly less than Vermeer’s now-priceless Woman in Blue Reading a Letter.
The collection also included a Conus gloriamaris shell, for which the owner had paid about three times what his estate was getting for the Vermeer.
[Source: Excerpted from Mad About Seashells By Richard Conniff]
In this collection we have used seashells that are found in my country, the Philippines. The variety of shells found in its 7101 islands are almost infinite and varied in their forms, colors, and textures.
These gorgeous gifts from God in nature are amazing and will continue to inspire us to create beautiful, exotic, natural and timeless fashion accessories, home decors, gift items, and other forms of art discovered and more yet to be created.
The following fashion accessories are designed by Lyn Deutsch for Pinococo, an import|export company for a cause. These have been painstakingly handcrafted by indigent men and women who are undergoing our life skills training program to help them achieve economic upliftment.
Video: Timeless Seashells Collection
Fashion Accessories Designed by Lyn Deutsch
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Pinococo bags and jewelry are designed by Lyn Deutsch, sourced from indigenous materials and meticulously handcrafted by indigent men and women who are undergoing our life skills training program. We are supporting these men and women and helping them become independent in their means of livelihood. Your purchases and donations will help us in continuing this work and reaching out to more of them.