18 Stunning Designer Shell Necklace Styles 

By  Emily Konatella

LAST UPDATED - December 11, 2023

A shell necklace makes the perfect addition to your fashion jewelry collection if you're craving summer. Whether it's a shell-shaped gold pendant or a strand of polished shell pieces, wearing your new accessory will add a beachy touch to any look.

To help you shop, we've rounded up 18 of the season's most stylish shell necklaces. But thanks to a dose of diamonds and pearls, these designer jewelry styles feel far more sophisticated than the puka shell necklaces you wore throughout the early 2000s. With everything from dainty everyday necklaces to bold statement pieces to pair with your beach wedding dress, we've got something every beach babe will love.

18 Designer shell necklaces for your jewelry collection

Pascale Monvoisin Cauri 9K Gold, Nanogem, and Shell Necklace

Liven up your necklace collection with this colorful Cauri 9K Gold, Nanogem, and Shell Necklace from Parisian fine jewelry designer Pascale Monvoisin. The summery style pairs a dainty 9-karat gold chain with a cowrie shell pendant boasting 4.90 carats of multicolored Nanogems. Made in France, it's got an unmistakable boho vibe found only in Paris.

Anni Lu Foxy Puka Shell Necklace

Remember that puka shell necklace you sported to high school for weeks after your spring break vacation? Consider this the more sophisticated version! The Foxy Puka Shell Necklace from Anni Lu features a polished shell pendant with pearl embellishments on a classic puka shell necklace, and 18K gold-plated hardware ties the whole piece together with an elegant touch.

Bloomingdale's Freshwater Pearl & Diamond Shell Pendant Necklace

The search is over. Channel your inner mermaid with Bloomingdale's Freshwater Pearl & Diamond Shell Necklace. The breathtaking shell-shaped pendant features a large freshwater pearl surrounded by 0.38 carats of diamond pavement. Suspended from an adjustable 14-karat yellow gold chain, it's the type of piece you can wear every day.

Monica Vinader Nura Shell and Pearl Necklace

Monica Vinader's Nura collection draws inspiration from the unique, organic forms of the sea. The Nura Shell and Pearl Necklace couples a textured gold vermeil shell pendant and a baroque pearl charm on a dainty 24-inch gold vermeil chain. It's responsibly manufactured to the Responsible Jewelry Council's standards using natural pearls and recycled metals.

Anni Lu Shell Pendant Necklace

Love dainty gold jewelry? This Shell Pendant Necklace from Anni Lu is sure to catch your eye! The magical shell necklace draws inspiration from the beaches of Bali. No matter where you are, its whimsical shape adds a bit of seaside magic to any look. Wear it solo or pair it with your favorite gold chains. Its tiny pendant and delicate chain make it perfect for everyday layering.

Awe Inspired Aphrodite Amulet & Shell Necklace Set

What's better than one shell necklace? Two! Awe Inspired Aphrodite Amulet & Shell Necklace Set pairs together the sustainable jewelry label's Aphrodite Coin Necklace and a Shell Goddess Amulet Necklace.

Handcrafted from 14k yellow gold vermeil, the round pendant is carved with a picture of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and grace. The other necklace boasts a shell-shaped gold charm accented by a small freshwater pearl. Pair them together, wear them solo, or mix and match them with other gold necklaces in your collection.

Ippolita Rock Candy Sterling Silver & Brown Shell Doublet Pendant Necklace

Shell jewelry isn't all puka shell necklaces and pearl earrings. Just take it from this elegant Sterling Silver & Brown Shell Doublet Pendant Necklace from Ippolita's Rock Candy Collection. The unique color and texture of the large teardrop-shaped pendant is created by layering clear quartz over a polished brown shell. Suspended from a sterling silver chain, it's perfect for jewelry lovers who aren't into gold.

Alexander McQueen Brass Oyster Shell Pendant Necklace

Show your love for the beach— or the oyster bar— with this Brass Oyster Shell Pendant Necklace from Alexander McQueen. The silvertone metal necklace features a drop pendant shaped like an oyster shell. It's crafted in Italy with solid brass hardware and careful attention to detail. Try pairing it with other amulets and chains for a grungy take on the layered necklace trend.

Brinker & Eliza Mermaid Shell Necklace

This Mermaid Shell Necklace from Brinker & Eliza offers a beachy take on a classic chunky gold chain necklace. Instead of gold links, it boasts interlocking round shells and an oversized 24K gold-plated closure. The unique style was designed by mother-daughter duo Brinker and Elizabeth Higgens and crafted right here in the US. A white tank top and a pair of simple gold hoops will really make it pop!

Renna Diamond Thread & Shell Necklace

Renna's Diamond Thread and Shell Necklace are all in the details. The dainty seashell pendant features diamond accents for a touch of sparkle. It's effortlessly elegant, timelessly modern, and designed to last through years of frequent wear. Plus, each piece is made to order in Thailand using recycled 18K yellow or rose gold for a lower environmental impact. Consider it the perfect gift for an eco-conscious ocean lover.

Lele Sadoughi Monaco Imitation Pearl & Shell Necklace

For true lovers of the sea, there's the Monaco Imitation Pearl and Shell Necklace from Lele Sadoughi. The statement necklace features a strand of puka shells, imitation pearls, and polished beads. 14-karat gold-plated hardware and a practical adjustable length make it easy to wear the sophisticated piece. It doesn't matter whether it's layered over a simple white tee or a vacation-worthy maxi dress. Whatever style you choose to go with this colorful shell necklace, you're sure to look chic!

Pamela Love Ebonee Cowrie Necklace

Once you put on this Ebonee Cowrie Necklace from Pamela Love, you'll never want to take it off. Inspired by moving water, the cowrie shell necklace draws on centuries-old West African symbolism. These small shells represent spiritual wealth and call upon the power of the water guardian Mami Wata. The everyday piece is crafted from recycled 14k gold with a whimsical opal inlay. Complete your look with Pamela Love's matching Ebonee Cowrie Pave Huggies.

Prada Oversized Shell Choker

The Bigger, the better. This Prada oversized shell choker is a statement piece. If you love shell jewelry, you will love this piece that you can spot from a mile away. The stunning choker features pearl grey, sterling silver, and oversized shells.


Simple and elegant. This Porcelain Cowrie Shell Collar Necklace is a beautiful piece. These cowrie shells are made of white porcelain and are perfect for your beach outfit. You can pair them with every style, from a swimsuit to an evening dress. Be sure to bring this necklace with you on every beach vacation.

Prada Multiple Shell Chain Necklace

This eye-catching Prada Multiple Shell Chain Necklace will sure get you a lot of head turns and compliment. This piece will look amazing around your neck with a multiple chain design, and it features an engraved logo and multiple chains with shell motifs.

Mother-Of-Pearl Seashell Pendant Necklace

Breathe in the salty air and feel the sand between your toes. With a mother-of-pearl seashell motif, this pendant necklace will transport you to a beautiful seaside escape. Turn the shell around to reveal six beautiful cultured freshwater button pearls tucked inside.

Sculpted Shell Pearl Necklace

The Sculpted shell pearl necklace is a part of the Sculpted Sea collection, where each piece is hand-sculpted into an asymmetric and organic form. This necklace is created of natural freshwater pearls and a big natural mother of pearl pendant. Because it is crafted from natural shells, they may have some small flaws and marks that make them one of a kind! Perfect for all occasions, from work to a beach vacation, this is a versatile piece you won't want to miss.

Prada Seashell-Embellished Necklace

If you seek a seashell necklace that you can wear every day, you must check out this option from Prada. Crafted from sterling silver, the piece is decorated with faux-pearl and seashell embellishments. May this be the motivation you need to keep working until it's beach vacay time and featuring a clasp fastening and gold-tone hardware.

About the author

Emily is a fashion consultant, designer and creative director with more than 15 years experience creating, designing and developing clothing & jewelry. From managing pageant shows to turning concepts into actual designs, she has experience with almost all fabric types and jewelry designs and is in touch with the latest fashion trends.