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 travel bracelet - leather + shell charms

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A lovely gift for people travelling

Double-up on travel symbols with this totally unique Camino de Santiago bracelet which is made of soft leather and features a vibrant turquoise and silver-coloured scallop shell charm, symbolic of El Camino de Santiago in Spain / France, plus a silver-plated fastener which also features the Camino Scallop shell symbol on a magnetic clasp.

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 safe travel in particular. But, 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 want to encourage and support your friends or loved-ones as they travel life's camino and face its challenges? Let us send this bracelet on your behalf to show how much you care - a symbolic Camino pilgrim bracelet, suitable for both men and women.

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:)- Optional information card about the Scallop shell safe travel symbol (free)

:)- Personal message can be included

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Description: This handcrafted rich-brown leather bracelet is 10mm wide and fastens with a scallop shell easy-release magnetic clasp. *For length: Please select your WRIST SIZE in the drop-down menu.

The Way of St. James criss-crosses Western Europe, arriving at Santiago through Northern Spain. It is generally regarded as a journey of the body, mind and spirit. Modern travellers choose to do the Camino for personal, spiritual and/or religious reasons - or simply to take time out from their busy, modern lives. For many, the walk is to find inspiration - improving their outlook on life, bringing them into closer contact with nature and expanding their cultural horizons through contact with other travellers. Everyone experiences the journey in a different way.

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

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