This wonderful vintage set is gorgeous! Operculum set into a size 9-1/2" sterling ring and 2 brass earrings. The ring is 1" wide and both are in beautiful condition.
While the snail is alive the operculum is a flexible membrane, but afterwards it hardens and becomes just like a typical calcareous “seashell.” ... Because of their eye-like appearance these are sometimes called “cat's eye”, “evil eye” or “Shiva's eye” shells or jewelry. Operculum jewelry became a huge fad during the Victorian era, with many designs using gold (usually 9kt) or sterling silver mountings.
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