Antique 9KT Gold, Operculum, and Tortoise Shell Necklace

(Unspecified , 19th Century)

Antique 9KT Gold, Operculum, and Tortoise Shell Necklace
2554 Lincoln Blvd # 696
Venice, CA, 90291
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Antique 9KT Gold, Operculum, and Tortoise Shell Necklace


Seven stunning Operculum stones set in Tortoise shell and strung onto a 9KT rose gold chain. Each stone is unique, and has a dark green center that fades into a cream, orange and ends in a brown. The stones, are not technically stones but the lid or covering of certain gastropods, making this material is quite treasured and hard to find. The name Operculum is latin for little lid. More commonly these stones are known as Cats eye or Shiva's eye. They became popular talismans in the Victorian era, dating this necklace to the late 19th century. Traditionally, the shells were brought back by sailors as gifts for their sweethearts, after a trip to the South pacific. They were lucky charms for lovers left behind, and made exotic souvenirs of a long journey. Each cats eye measures approximately 14 mm in diameter, except for the largest middle stone which measures 19 mm in diameter. The necklace hands nicely around the neck and makes a perfect piece of jewelry to wear with a low cut dress, for a stand out look. The stones hang in a V form and the necklace measures approximately 11 1/2 inches in length o 23 inches overall. It is in fantastic condition, with all links and chain in great condition. Operculum jewelry is highly coveted and quite rare. The operculum used for this necklace is most likely from the Turban Snail creature. This gorgeous necklace of swirling greens, creams and tan colors with rose gold makes a great evil eye protection, a romantic talisman, a perfect gift for someone special.

SIZE: 11½

Origin Unspecified
Category Necklaces
Period 19th Century
Style Victorian
ConditionVery good

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