Chrome #diopside bracelet & tourseshell 1859 bracelet. JUST TO MAKE THINGS CLEAR I WAS GIVEN THIS TORTSESHELL BRACELET MANY YEARS AGO & ITS VERY OLD. I DONT WEAR IT AS IM A BIG ANIMAL LOVER BUT IM SHARING INFORMATION & HISTORY FROM THE PAST ? 🌸
Tortoiseshell has been used since ancient times, and the ancient Greek chelys or lyre often used a whole shell to form its body. Inlaid veneers of tortoiseshell were popular with wealthy ancient Romans for furniture, especially couches for dining, and for small items. The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, probably a work of the 1st century AD, distinguishes between shell from different species, with that regarded as the best probably the hawksbill.
André Charles Boulle (1642-1732), cabinetmaker to Louis XIV of Franceintroduced or perfected marquetry combining thin inlays of tortoiseshell backed with metal, with woods and metal, a style still called after him. Small luxury objects such as snuff-boxes were decorated in piqué work, inlays of precious metals and jewels into tortoiseshell (or other materials). Tortoiseshell worldwide was banned under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species).The material was already often imitated in stained horn, plastic like cellulose acetate, and other materials, and this continues. The synthetic Delrin has been used especially for guitar picks.
Brands of synthetic substitutes for tortoiseshell include Tortoloid and Tor-tis.
YES tortoise shell is illegal?
Selling turtle shell has been banned since the 1990s, and buying turtle shell products is illegal in most countries. Turtle shell products continue to be sold illegally in many Central American and Southeast Asian countries, and this has posed a threat to the population of this endangered species.
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