The Meaning of Cowrie Shells Cowrie (or cowry) shells mimic the female sexual organ on one side, and a pregnant belly on the other side.
What are The Different Kinds of Cowrie Shells? Cut Cowrie shells are preferred for jewelry making and most other craft work. The open front allows the Cowries to be strung together or sewn onto other materials. Uncut Cowrie shells give the fullest display. You get the natural and complete shell without the broken back side. They can still be glued onto other surfaces for limitless craft ideas.