For centuries shells have evoked love and been symbols in art and religion for many things, including strength and tenacity. On the inside, the shell protects life; on the outside, with its hard exterior, it can withstand almost anything. We love how Deana Paul used this bead (in bright silver) in her Beader Showcase, Beach Memories. To turn it into a charm, Deana wire-wrapped it with a head pin. Manufactured in California by TierraCast, it is both lead and nickel-free. These antique silver beads are considered hypoallergenic.