Victorian Operculum Shell Brooch Military Maltese Cross
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This is a beautiful, old piece of jewelry! Antique Operculum shell Maltese cross brooch, made in the 1940s or earlier. This solid sterling silver bar pin features dangling cross with white shell round cabochon. It is sometimes called cat's eye or shiva's eye. Signed at the back STERLING and engraved on the bar LAURA. 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.
Dimensions 1.57" x 0.98" inches or 4 x 2.5 cm / Weight 14 grams / All measurements are approximate