Biggest Summer Jewelry Trend: Shell Necklace – CULT OF SUN
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Seashell jewelry isn’t just for wearing by the seashore. (Say that five times fast!) The classic shell necklace has always been one of my summer staples. Bring the ocean with you, wherever you go, with a shell necklace. Whether you’re manifesting a Euro Summer or feel calmest by the water, a white shell necklace is a simple yet sophisticated piece to add to your everyday wardrobe.


Just like your comfiest sandals, shell jewelry is an accessory you can wear on repeat. Most of us have bought a shell necklace during vacation or by the beach before. It’s a rite of passage, but did you know that shell necklaces date back hundreds of years?


Think of the shell necklace as an OG jewelry trend. Our sculptural Galatea Shell Necklace is the statement piece to elevate your summer capsule wardrobe. I’m sharing why this is one of the biggest trends for summer and two different ways to style shell necklaces. Trust me. They’re an instant ‘add to cart’.


Introducing Galatea

white shell necklace with chunky gold chain on a shell tray

Do you believe in love at first sight? I do - because that’s how I felt the first time I locked eyes with this white shell necklace. If you’re like me and always dreamed of being a mermaid, this shell necklace is a dream piece. This necklace features a large natural seashell pendant on a chunky gold chain.


Every necklace is unique, just like the shells you’ll find along the sandy beaches. The name ‘Galatea’ pays homage to the sea nymph. Galatea is associated with calm and peaceful seas, depicted riding dolphins or lounging on the waves. This shell necklace captures the serenity of the sea, bringing beauty and harmony together.


Beach Girl Chic

model wearing a white bikini top, shell necklace, and denim jeans
model wearing a matching white bikini set with shell necklace and jeans
model wearing white shell necklace and white bikini top

Return to the ocean for your own Ariel moment by embracing the shell necklace as your signature piece. The three-dimensional shape gives our Galatea Shell Necklace a distinctive personality. Style with your favorite bikini for the ultimate beach girl chic look.


I love to wear this necklace when styling jeans or a skirt over a bikini when heading back from the beach. Add your go-to chunky gold rings and some statement earrings to go straight from the beach to the bar. Pin back your hair in a sleek bun and let your shell jewelry do the talking.


Sunset Sets

model standing posing with the bakcground of the sea wearing vacay outfit
shell necklace styled with knit top
seashell necklace at the beach

The seashell trend isn’t new. While we can trace through history, this summer jewelry trend has been riding high since 2021, marking the return of the ‘90s and early 2000s girl cool staple.


The versatility of a white shell necklace is why it deserves a spot at the top of your vacation packing list. It’s one of those rare pieces you can style with anything from a bikini to a date night look.


Whether you’re catching the sunset on a boat or grabbing martinis by the beach, style this shell necklace with your signature matching set. I prefer to choose a top with a lower necklace to give these styles of shell necklaces center stage. While I usually opt for a ponytail when wearing a statement piece, this shell necklace looks stunning with bouncy beachy waves.


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