While my husband and I were on our second honeymoon on St. John, we visited a lovely jewelry shop in Mongoose Junction and discovered this fun chart about the ‘Shells of the Month,’ which works a lot like birthstones and the flowers of the month. The jeweler casts actual shells using precious metals in his work, but you can incorporate the real deal in your decor. Check it out to see if your island destination wedding or honeymoon could use a fun shell theme with meaning:
Attributes of Shells, from http://www.pattongold.com/shell_attributes.htm
In the 1970s R&I PATTON collected local* shells and made molds of them in order to cast them in solid 18k, 14k and sterling. They are beautiful, lasting tokens of remembrance for an amazing island and a significant event.
Seashells and what they have come to represent:
Starfish: orderliness, charisma, honesty, persistence, regeneration, originality
Limpet: intensity, stability, determination, durability, steadfastness
Scallop:truth, faithfulness, trustworthiness, precision, balance, dependability
Tulip:sweetness, compassion, loveliness, kindness, tranquility, love
Murex: poise, beauty, intricacy, intelligence – very feminine shell
Sanddollar:loyalty, encouragement, reliability, certainty, predictability
Coral:warmth, charm, openness, complexity, enthusiasm, zeal
Urchin: boldness, confidence, creativity, decisiveness, certainty, bravery
Cowry: prosperity, worth, generosity, directness, ambition, versatility
Flamingo Tongue: strength, simplicity, potency, courage – a very masculine shell
Triton: expansiveness, loquaciousness, wildness, energy, passion
Conch: power, leadership, devotion, optimism, cooperation, harmony
* Since it is now illegal to remove any shells from the beaches and waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands, these precious metal replicas are great and lasting mementos.
These shells make wonderful wedding party gifts. Our staff would be happy to help you decide about which shells would be appropriate for individuals in your group.
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