“Floating” Operculum Necklace – These beautiful, hand collected, Kauai Operculums are woven in and simply “float” on a 16-20″ hand-woven necklace. The front-facing shells are reflective of a free spirit and zest for life. This necklace pairs nicely with our Puka Shell Bracelets and/or our Puka Shell Anklets. Necklaces are made to withstand outdoor activities and are water-friendly.
Size: 16″, 18″, 20″
THESE NECKLACES ARE MADE TO ORDER, PHOTOS ARE FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES
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The operculum (plural: opercula or operculums), meaning little lid, is a corneous or calcareous anatomical structure like a trapdoor which exists in many (but not all) groups of sea snails and freshwater snails, and also in a few groups of land snails; the structure is found in some marine and freshwater gastropods, and in a minority of terrestrial gastropods, including the families Helicinidae, Cyclophoridae, Aciculidae, Maizaniidae, Pomatiidae, etc.
The operculum is attached to the upper surface of the foot and in its most complete state, it serves as a sort of “trapdoor” to close the aperture of the shell when the soft parts of the animal are retracted. The shape of the operculum varies greatly from one family of gastropods to another. It is fairly often circular, or more or less oval in shape. In species where the operculum fits snugly, its outline corresponds exactly to the shape of the aperture of the shell and it serves to seal the entrance of the shell.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operculum_(gastropod) (opens in a new window)