Authentic tortoise shell was widely popularized centuries ago, often found in applications of hair accessories such as combs. The shells of the hawksbill sea turtle, indigenous to the waters near the equator, were used for their stunning patterns of copper and blonde tones. The high demand for the shells grew to the point where in the mid 1970s, the hawksbill sea turtle was categorized as an endangered species and the hunting of such became illegal. However, since the tortoise shell pattern remained so popular, synthetic materials were produced to mimic the original motif, resulting in endless applications to get the “tortoise shell look”.
Tortoise shell is definitely one of my very favourite patterns, both in interior decorating and in fashion – and I suspect that it will remain as such for a long time! (My reading glasses, as seen below, aren’t leaving my wardrobe any time soon.) I’ve pulled some of my top finds of tortoise shell-adorning items. For me, “tortoise” comes out on top.
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