Sunrise Shell Facts & History


Sunrise Shell (Pecten Langfordi)

Sunrise shells are in the scallop family (Pecten Langfordi Scallop) and according to “legend”, they were very sacred to the ancient Hawaiians.

The story goes: “Servants of the kings would walk the beaches and look for these shells, but only the Royal Family would wear these magnificent shells on Necklaces and Earrings.  Folklore says: they received the name “sunrise”  because early in the morning (at sunrise) the Sunrise shell would be the easiest shells to spot on the beach.  The sun would reflect its rays of the vibrant colors of these beautiful scallop shells. Common Sense says they received their name of Sunrise shells because if you did not get to the beach before or at sunrise, then someone else would have already found them. “  It is said that only “blessed” people find these rare Hawaiian shells.   

Sunrise shells have a very special energy because they come from the ocean paradise surrounding the Hawaiian Islands. The shells represent hope, strength, and protection. They are a symbol of carrying the aloha spirit and of sharing it with others. It is a blessing to own and wear sunrise shell jewelry. These gifts of the ocean have a deep aloha that makes you smile and become more positive, which radiates into the lives of those around you. Sunrise shells are a symbol of healing, peace, happiness, and joy.