Dear Erhard, I am very curious about your tortoise shell necklace.
I recently have had a client come to me with a grand scheme for a
comissioned piece. He is looking for a stunning sterling necklace
that would replicate the way a tortoise’s shell plates fit together.
He was interested in the piece looking solid but actually being
flexible, (hinges?), and he wanted a realistic surface treament. In
addition, the ideal vision would include real tortoise shell set into
the necklace. I have never seen jewelry with tortoise shell and I am
wondering if it is endangered and/or illegal. Where is your necklace
from? Do you know where I can get some tortoise shell - preferably
precut into managable shapes? I very much would like to land this
fat commission. Any is very helpful, and I would be more
than happy to hear if anyone has any suggestions on how to create the
necklace. Thanks in advance.