Scallop shell jewellery – for life’s camino

The meaning of Scallop shell jewellery – originating from the Way of St James (El Camino) and based on the Camino de Santiago shell

What is the Camino de Santiago shell and seashell jewellery from Santiago de Compostela in Spain? And where can you get it?

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The Scallop shell of Saint James (Concha de Santiago) is said to promote courage, strength and hope – and many people possess one as a souvenir of their experience on one of the greatest walks in the world . . the Camino de Santiago.

This is because, for centuries, the scallop shell, which is typically found on the sea coast in Galicia, northern Spain, has been the symbol of the Camino de Santiago, and its pilgrims – los peregrinos. Pilgrims returned to their countries of origin wearing the scallop concha shell over their habit or hat, as a souvenir (or ‘recuerdo’) to demonstrate that they had reached Santiago and its famous gothic cathedral.  

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So, this shell of Saint James or La Vieira is the traditional emblem of Santiago, and is popular with pilgrims on the Way of St James (El Camino de Santiago . . or simply, El Camino) travelling to the apostle’s shrine at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Medieval Christians making the pilgrimage to the shrine often wore a scallop shell symbol on their hat or clothes. The pilgrims also carried a scallop shell, and would present themselves at churches, castles, abbeys and so on, where they could expect to be given as much sustenance as they could pick up with one scoop of the shell. Probably they would be given oats, barley, and perhaps beer or wine.

The use of the scallop shell as a means of protection (or as a protective charm) for travellers, dates back to the period of the Crusades (a series of Christian expeditionary wars against the Moorish invaders). The scallop shell had been chosen because, according to tradition, when the remains of St James were originally unearthed, it was said to be covered in scallop shells. 

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So – this famous Concha vieira or Concha de Santiago is often gifted to friends and loved-ones who are about to embark on a special (or difficult) journey . . or indeed, to attempt the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James) itself, to encourage them, to inspire them, and to offer them protection and the knowledge that someone special is thinking of them.

In Britain, the Spencer family (which includes Winston Churchill and Diana, the late Princess of Wales) includes a scallop in the family coat of arms and consequently, both of Diana’s sons, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (and future heir to the throne of England) and Prince Harry, also feature the scallop shell on their personal coats of arms (which was granted to them on their 18th birthdays). Three ‘escallops’ were added to the ancient DeSpencer arms when they were adopted by the Spencer family, in the latter part of 16th century in reference to the pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela.     

Camino de Santiago bracelet - 925 silver scallop shell bead + aqua cork

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An elegant jewellery gift for life's Camino

This special Camino de Santiago bracelet is made of soft aqua-coloured 5mm round cork cord. It features a handcrafted 925 sterling-silver scallop shell bead, symbolic of El Camino de Santiago in Spain / France. The fittings are also sterling-silver.
Every year, some 200,000 people travel "El Camino" - the so-called 'Way of St James' in Spain, to find inspiration and to reflect on their lives in a supportive environment. Many carry with them a scallop shell symbol like this, which is indicative of travellers the world over and of safe travel too.
Do you want to encourage and support your friends or loved-ones as they walk life's camino and face its challenges? Let us send this elegant bracelet on your behalf to show how much you care - a symbolic Camino pilgrim bracelet.

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:)- Optional information card (see photo) about El Camino / Santiago (FREE)

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Description: This unique cork Camino de Santiago scallop shell bracelet measures approx 6.75" long by 5mm wide. It features a small sterling silver bead with finely-detailed little concha shells, sterling-silver ends and clasp and a 1.75ins extender chain, (featuring a tiny drop marked 925): It is therefore suitable for most wrist sizes. It is made from light aqua-coloured cork cord which is soft, flexible, durable - and sustainable. (It is also perfect for vegans or others who are not so keen on leather.)

Whatever somebody’s journey - whether on El Camino itself, on holiday, a business trip, a gap year, trekking, etc, many friends and loved-ones like to pass on a special gift to wish the recipient well on their travels - and safekeeping along the way.


Do you know someone who could do with some extra encouragement and support as they embark on new a venture or a new journey? Show them that you care, and that you are thinking of them, with this special Camino bracelet. Comes gift-wrapped, like all our presents - and we can print a personal message on your behalf.

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