Whelk Shell Studs Gold
Studs measure 1/2"W x 1"L.
14kt Gold Vermeil over Sterling Silver.
These studs were hand-carved in wax, using the texture of a piece of a lightening whelk shell, or sea snail, found on the Central Coast of California.
The lightening whelk has been used as a metaphor of fire/sun and purification/continuity in ancient cultures because of it's intricate internal spiral shape.