Victorian Period Operculum and Sterling Filigree Pendant Necklace Goth Amulet
Antique 1910s Victorian Era Operculum Pendant Necklace, Shiva Shell Eye Eyeball Pendant, Sterling Silver Filigree Heart Pendant, Guardian Eye Necklace, Eye Of Protection Jewelry, Chinese Cats Eye Stone, Green White Stone Pendant, Evil Eye Silver Necklace, Good Fortune, Gothic Jewelry, Antique Victorian Operculum Jewelry, Open Work Sterling Pendant
This is a beautiful, old piece of jewelry! This antique 1910s lovely necklace has a heart shaped filigree pendant with a large operculum shell in the center and a small operculum drop. The chain and pendant are sterling silver. The shell is from a green turban snail from the south seas. It is sometimes called cat's eye or shiva's eye.
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!
Chain length 25" inches / Pendant dimensions 2.2" x 1" inches or 5.7 x 2.7 cm / Weight 17 grams / All measurements are approximate