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Tortoise Shell and Horn  Information


Tortoise Shell Tortoise Shell is from the shell of the hawksbill turtle and has been used as a jewelry material since ancient times.  The finest color is usually considered to be translucent golden yellow with brown markings. However, the color can range from deep mottled brown to unmarked orange yellow. It is always partially translucent. Victorians were very fond of tortoise shell and used it enthusiastically. Today the tortoise is an endangered species.
  The tortoise shell jewelry below show the rich browns colors to almost clear color on the cats tail.
  Hawksbill Tortoise Shell PinHawksbill Shell PinTortoise Shell Pin
Horn Horn is the fibrous, pointed growth on the heads of some animals which, being tough, light and easily worked has been used for centuries in various forms for ornamental wear. The ox-horn, ranging from white to dark brown has been used for buckles, brooches, etc. During the Art Nouveau period it was used to make decorative combs, hair ornaments and Tiaras.
  The advice on about Tortoise Shell Jewelry and Horn Jewelry antique to vintage Information comes from jewelry experts Linda and Perry, as well as from our frequent visitors. If you'd like to add anything to this page, or have us add a topic of interest for you, email us at
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