The necklaces of the Venus Collection stand for beauty and femininity.
There are many myths and symbolism about the scallop shell.
Many paintings and sculptures of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and fertility, included a scallop shell in the artwork to identify her. This is evident in Botticelli´s classically inspired 15th century painting „The Birth of Venus“.
I personally like the scallop shell for its symbolism of the feminine principle.
Outwardly, the shell can symbolize the protective and nuturing principle, and inwardly the „life-force slumbering within the earth“.
The Scallop shells are actually a cosmopolitan family of sea shells which are found in all of world´s oceans. And they are a common sight on Florida beaches too.
For most people, they are known primarily as quite highly priced seafood.
In Germany they call these bivalves „Jakobsmuscheln“, literally „James mussels“, referring to St. James the Great. It was very popular with pilgrims returning from the Way of St James (Camino de Santiago) and the apostle's shrine at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. Medieval Christians would collect a scallop shell while at Compostela as evidence of having made the journey.
Also the scallop symbolizes the setting sun.
The brightly coloured, symmetrical, fan-shaped shells of scallops with their radiating and often fluted ornamentation are valued by shell collectors and have been used since ancient times as motifs in art, architecture and design.
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