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Vintage Operculum Necklace. Aquatic. Eyeballs. Shells.

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Strange and beautiful old operculum necklace set in sterling. Operculum is the opening of a pacific turban shell, used by the inhabitant to protect themselves from danger. They were used in jewelry in Victorian times, and thought to ward off the evil eye. Later, during WWII, sailors collected them for good luck, made necklaces of these "protective eyes" for their lovers while they were away. This piece most likely dates from this period. In good condition with an attractive crazing to the surface, and a deep, mottled pewter patina to the silver.

chain is 18 inches in length, largest operculum hangs 1.25 inches.

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Vintage Operculum Necklace. Aquatic. Eyeballs. Shells.


  • Materials: operculum, shell, silver, sterling silver
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  • Ships worldwide from United States