Puka Shells were very popular a number of years ago. And, as I recall, kind of expensive.
Puka means hole. The shells (from some kind of snail) are worn down by water and sand until a small hole appears in the center. These rounded shells come in all sizes and can be strung to make necklaces or bracelets.
I found my own shells while living in Hawaii and strung a wonderful choker out of them. Wore the thing day and night. But then, years later when our family was growing and I’d been away from the islands for a long time, our home was burglarized and the culprits took my beloved Puka Shell necklace.
I was bummed, but never tried to create a new one, even though I still had a little jar of extras. That’s because they were the rejects. Ones that weren’t just the right color or shape or size. Maybe they were lopsided or had a divot on one side.
The other day I decided it was time to dig out the jar, dump the contents, and see what I might be able to pull together. I didn’t have enough to make a complete necklace, but if I could add a nice cord to the ends, I might be able to wear my homemade Puka Shell necklace again!
Click here for a photo and an explanation of a Puka Shell:
Here’s the best part—my wonderful Puka Shell Necklace creation!
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