All of the shells seen here have been collected while scuba diving on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. All shells have been collected dead. No harm done, sustainable practices. Hawaii has some of the most beautiful shells in the world and several of those shells are ENDEMIC (ONLY found in Hawaii). Cowrie shells are one of the original forms of currency used in Africa and Asia. Cowrie shells today symbolize Power of Destiny, Prosperity, Luck, and Fertility.