|Gemstones and Other Materials
|Round, creamy white bouton natural saltwater pearl 11mm x 11mm x 7mm with GCS certificate 7.16cts
71 x old cut diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 5cts
|Silver on gold
|3.1cm / 1.2" wide and 3.5cm / 1.3" tall
|Victorian, circa 1880s
The scallop shell has long been used as a symbol of courage, strength and hope. Closely associated with Saint James, it became a talisman for early Christian pilgrims who would carry one for practical as well as spiritual purposes. A scallop shell could be used as an alms collection plate, an eating utensil or to scoop water to drink from. On returning home safely, pilgrims and knights would keep their shell as a memento and good luck charm. Still today, people who walk the famous Camino de Santiago in northern Spain are guided by scallop shell markers and frequently wear one during the long and challenging walk to the resting place of Saint James in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.