Shell necklace - Phasianotrochus bellulus:
This necklace is used to symbolise northeast Tasmania and reflect the continuity of Aboriginal communities and cultural practices.
Shell necklace making is one of the few
surviving traditional Aboriginal cultural practices in Tasmania and only a handful of Aboriginal women still actively make the necklaces. Their work can be seen in galleries and museums in Tasmania and the mainland.
The shells are precious, particularly the mother-of-pearl maireener shells that are now in short supply. (Necklace from the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston. Photograph by John Leeming.)