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Hi there,

Am hoping some brilliant person out there can figure out what kind of shell was cut down and inset into this brooch- wasn't able to id from the wonderful categories already set up.

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Thanks in advance for your kind assistance,
Second image didn't take; here it is:

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Hi Cheryl,

Actually this isn't "cut down". It is complete. This is an operculum from a Tapestry Turban shell (scientific name Turbo petholatus). An operculum is a sort of "door" that the snail uses to seal the aperture of its shell once it withdraws inside. These are popularly known as "cateyes". Here is a picture of the shell with the operculum in place:

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