Cowrie shells have come to mean many different things throughout the course of time. Found in abundance in the Indian Ocean, Cowrie shells are used by many people in the many lands that surround the ocean. In Africa these shells have come to symbolize fertility, femininity, and also wealth and prosperity. They were also used as a form of currency. These Cowrie Shell Bracelets are secured by elastic bands to ensure that they fit most wrists or ankles if you wish.