Cat's Eye Shell

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During the Victorian era, cat's eye shells were made into jewelry which was worn to ward off the evil eye. Because the shells have a natural cabochon shape, they were easily set into silver or gold rings or brooches. I have also seen a necklace pendant made of two cat's eye shells placed back-to-back within a silver bezel and a bracelet made of six of them set as cabochons between fancy silver links. Such jewelry was especially popular among sea-trading people like the British. It is likely that most of the cat's eye jewelry of this era was made by or for sailors and given as gifts to female relatives and lovers. Victorian cat's eye jewelry is highly collectible and priced accordingly.

All shells and sea life vary in size and shape. You will receive a high quality specimen of the selected item but not the exact one pictured. All sea life is guaranteed to be top quality; sourced from ethical vendors around the world.