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Rare Maireener Shell Necklace, Aboriginal Tasmanian Shells, 14.5"

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This rare Maireener shell necklace is one of the most beguiling antique necklaces that we have ever seen. Featured in museums around the world, the highly collectible Maireener shell necklaces were a significant cultural practice to Aboriginal Tasmanian women.

Tasmanian women have been collecting and stringing native Maireener shells, also known as Rainbow shells for years, which is why this surviving perfectly preserved necklace is so magical. A Victorian necklace that will not only connect to you this heritage, but it will also instantly transform you into a mermaid. 

Item Details:

ERA: Victorian (1837-1901).

MEASUREMENTS: Necklace length 14 & 1/2" or 37cm. 
Necklace width 11mm. 
Barrel clasp 15mm long x 4mm wide.
Weight: 7.5g. 

MATERIALS:  Metal, Rare Maireener Shells (Original 100-year-old Tazmanian shells collected and made by Aboriginal women).

HALLMARKS: Tests as Metal clasp.


VERY GOOD: This rare Maireener shell necklace is in wonderful condition throughout. The beautiful electric blue and green colour of these shells just draw you in, and it's remarkable that they have all stayed in fabulous condition since their collection. As this necklace was crafted over a century ago with cotton thread, it is likely that this thread has weakened with time, so we recommend that you only wear this beauty occasionally. If you would like this to become a daily choice in your wardrobe, then she should be professionally restrung. Nevertheless, what an incredibly eye-catching piece.