Victorian Floral Filigree Operculum Shiva Shell Earrings Mexico Sterling Jewelry
Antique 1920s Victorian Operculum Screw Back Earrings, Signed Mexico Shiva Shell Eye Eyeball Earrings, Sterling Silver Filigree Flower Earrings, Guardian Eye Jewelry, Eye Of Protection Jewelry, Chinese Cats Eye Stone, Green White Stone Mexican Earrings, Evil Eye Silver Earrings, Good Fortune, Filigree Flower Jewelry, Antique Victorian Operculum Jewelry, Open Work Sterling Earrings
Dimensions 0.8" x 0.8" inches or 2.1 x 2.1 cm / Weight 6 grams / All measurements are approximate
This is a beautiful, old piece of jewelry! These antique 1920s lovely screw back earrings has a flower shaped filigree design with a round operculum shell in the center. The metal sterling silver and shell is from a green turban snail from the south seas. It is sometimes called cat's eye or shiva's eye. Signed MEXICO SILVER. In a very good vintage condition!
Operculum shells became a popular jewelry motif toward the end of the 19th century. When removed they form these beautiful colored cabochons. Due to their resembled to eyes these are also known as "evil eyes'" or "cats eyes" and were thought to bring protection to the wearer, both from the idea that the snails shell is protective and traditional ideas about the evil eye warding off bad luck.
In a very good vintage condition!