Victorian Operculum Shell Cufflinks and Tie Pin
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Beautiful antique 1920s cufflinks and tie pin set. The cufflinks feature large oval operculum shell. The metal is sterling silver and the shell is from a green turban snail from the south seas. It is sometimes called cat's eye or shiva's eye. The tie pin is gold gilt and feature round operculum shell.
One cufflink has a tiny chip (see photos), some surface scratches, patina on silver. Other wise- 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.
Cufflinks dimensions 1" x 0.94" inches or 2.7 x 2.4 cm / Tie pin diameter 11 mm / Total weight 26 grams
All measurements are approximate