Stunningly gorgeous Antique Tasmanian Maireener shell and coral necklace. This beauty is fashioned like a tribal wedding necklace in that it has multiple pieces dangling for movement. The Maireener shell is highly prized for its spectacular iridescent color, much like an opal with flashes of green and pink. This necklace is in excellent condition with no missing bits or broken shells. The construction is very intricate as each maireener shell is threaded with a head pin and fastened to an adjoining link. The branch coral pieces are threaded in triplets and attached at 1" intervals giving the piece added interest and contrasting color. The overall length when laid out end to end is 15 1/4" but it can easily be lengthened with the addition of a bit of chain on the back. The antique links resemble a double hook and eye design. The links are constructed of some sort of copper colored metal that has some oxidation to it which is indicative of age. Spring ring closure. This is an amazing piece of history. No doubt made for and worn at a significant ceremony. Dates to the late 1800's, Victorian era.
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