This beautifully crafted sea shell is sterling silver. This is a nice, old piece with plenty of patina. The bale is marked 925. It is suspended on a textured silver chain from Italy. Although this can be worn at any time and anywhere, how awesome it would be on a cruise! Chain is about 24" long and the shell including the bale is almost 3 1/4" long. The shell is quite dimensional and in excellent condition with a small ding on the closed side. A little silver polish will have it bright and shiny again.