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Victorian Operculum Tortoise Shell Necklace & Earrings Heart Antique Jewelry

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An amazing and rare late Victorian operculum cats eye genuine tortoise shell necklace and earrings with a center heart shape. The round amber brown tortoise shell links have raised natural prongs that hold the operculum shell in place with the pendant having a large shell and set in a tortoise shell shaped heart. A fine gold filled chain completes the piece. The operculum shells have sometimes been referred to as evil eye and bear a cupped dark green center with a white a tawny brown exterior. The screw back earrings are a simple operculum shell. The operculum are flaps that close off the shell of the living sea creature found in the Pacific Ocean. They were a popular material used in jewelry from the Victorian era and continued to be used into the early 1900s. Wonderful antique set!

Measurements: 18" with the screw back earrings measuring 5/8"
Circa: 1900
Hallmarks: None
Condition: Very good. No chips or nicks to shells, tortoise is supple & vibrant. One disk has a slight chip although not apparent when wearing.

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Victorian Operculum Tortoise Shell Necklace & Earrings Heart Antique Jewelry


  • Materials: metal gold, chain, tortoise shell, operculum, shell, turtle shell
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