The name derives from the Latin Cyprius, of Cyprus, appellative of Afrodite, goddess of the beauty.
In the world of molluscs cowries are jewels. Primitive men used these brilliant natural products as jewels or as goods of exchange.
Researched by collectors, they were the subject of accurate study. Today there are 180 species recognized. The most valuable cowries are Cypraea Leucodon and Cypraea Valentia, the latter being represented by only seven specimens. One of the most beautiful species, among the favorites of demanding collectors, is the CYpraea Guttata, commonly known as the large white-spotted cowrie. One of the most cowry notes among the shells it is the Cypraea tigris, the biggest instead it is the CYpraea Cervus of the Atlantic that can actually measure to 17,5 cms of length.