Victorian Tortoiseshell Pique Drop Earrings
An unusual pair of An organic material (not a shell) that is obtained, not from a tortoise, but from the overlapping horny top plates (called 'blades') covering the carapace (upper shell) of certain marine turtles, preferably the hawksbill turtle found of the West Indies and Brazil and the loggerhead turtle found near the Celebes. drop earrings that have been inlaid with fine A metallic element which is malleable and ductile, and white in colour, making it ideal for use in jewellery. It is usually mixed with copper to improve its hardness.
work. The actual process was really clever. It involved heating the tortoiseshell and then pressing the silver pattern in to it. It is very hard to reproduce, so these pieces are sought after and are rare in good condition.
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