Set of 4 solid sterling silver shell talismans, symbols of birth, good fortune for life, and resurrection. For centuries shells have played an important role in burial ceremonies around the world. One theory goes that the shell, being from the seashore, is not fully of the land and is also not fully of the sea, an idea that corresponds to what many believe death is – that the deceased person is no longer fully of the world, but is also not fully gone. And much as the beautiful shell persists after the animal inside is gone, many believe some form of spirit may persist after the earthly form has perished. The shell and the soul as eternal reminders that we did indeed exist.