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    Posted 3 months ago

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    This old pendant caught my attention because of the beautiful colours of the shell. It's too hard to capture the colours the way the are in real life. The setting is very intricate in the front but the back is rather simple and not very well finished. I am not sure what the metal is. It is for sure not sterling but it could be a very low grade silver.

    About the age, I can only say that it is at least a vintage item, and about the origin of the piece I am in the dark. I have seen similar patterns before but I really cannot remember where.

    Thanks for looking:)

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    1. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 months ago
      Abalone pieces were very popular in the 1960’s, with all the Surf films.
      I had a necklace of abalone, I never took it off...
    2. freiheit freiheit, 1 month ago
      Sorry for the late reply, Ms.Crystalship. I had a abalone cuff. I wore it a lot, too. I still have it, even though it's missing a piece. It's not worth fixing it but for sentimental reasons I cannot through it out. It was one of the very few pieces I managed to get out of East Germany (I wasn't permitted to take anything of value).
    3. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 1 month ago
      Abalone jewelry is becoming quite scarce, as is the abalone. My Father, as a child, would take a gunny sack, and go pry them off rocks at low tide. Those days are gone forever, as is the abalone. So sad....The fisherman at that time over - harvested. They threw the shells over the side of the pier until the pile actually came to the surface! Just a little sad history of abalone in my part of the world. So treasure any piece you may have made from these mussels.
      And call me Eileen..
    4. freiheit freiheit, 1 month ago
      Eileen, I didn't know about about abalone. I just assumed that is was a cheap and plentiful natural animal product. How sad your story is. I will look with different eyes at anything containing abalone from now on.
      BTW, sorry for the late answer. I don't get notifications anymore when anyone leaves a comment.

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