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Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Cat's Eye Operculum Bracelet

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A striking antique operculum bracelet from the Victorian era, c1900! Made of sterling silver, this unique antique bracelet is composed of seven striking coloured operculum shell links. The operculum shells, also known as Cats' eye, display lovely ombre like patterns of deep forest green, white, ...Read more
AUD $ 250.00

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A striking antique operculum bracelet from the Victorian era, c1900! Made of sterling silver, this unique antique bracelet is composed of seven striking coloured operculum shell links. The operculum shells, also known as Cats' eye, display lovely ombre like patterns of deep forest green, white, orange, through to brownish orange. The operculum shells rest individually in low closed back claw settings. Each setting is interspaced with double curb link chain and an original bolt ring clasp secures the piece. Stamped "STL SILVER" to three of the reverse links, the bracelet tests sterling silver and retains a faded gold gilding to the surface, adding a wonderful antiquity appearance! 

Wearable length of the bracelet is 18.50cm or just over 7" inches, and width of operculum links is 1.20cm.

Video of the bracelet can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/dHN2jVf4hDI

Operculum is a certain type of freshwater marine snail … said to have been one of the oddest materials found in Victorian jewellery. It was a fashionable accessory in Victorian times, and beyond. While the snail is alive the operculum is a flexible membrane, but afterwards it hardens and becomes a calcareous 'seashell'. The pattern resembles an eye-like appearance, which is why it's sometimes referred to as cat's eye or shiva's eye!

A most unique piece of antique jewellery, perfect for the nature loving lady!

Late Victorian, c1900
Sterling silver
Operculum shells
"STL STERLING"
13.05 grams
18.50cm or just over 7" inches, and width of operculum links measure 1.20cm
The antique bracelet presents in excellent condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage or cracks to the shell pieces and each is secure set in their setting. A one of a kind piece!