When global style stars like Kate Bosworth, Brooke Testoni and Chloe Hill embrace a trend, you know it’s time to get on board. That’s definitely the situation with tortoiseshell jewellery, which is having a major moment in 2018. Who What Wear has praised the style’s ability to “strike the perfect balance between being a statement piece and an essential basic”, so it’s no wonder this classic finish finds a new set of fans every few years. Whether you’re a newcomer to the style or have already fully embraced the trend, here are a few things you may not know…
It has a nod to vintage style
Part of the charm of tortoiseshell jewellery is that it instantly brings a fun and quirky vintage edge to any outfit. The style first made waves in the 1960s, when oversized earrings in bold geometric shapes were an essential part of the Mod look. It came back in the 1990s, with round tortoiseshell sunglasses a key trend of the decade. For extra vintage points, try pairing your tortoiseshell jewellery with gold, as in our statement-making Gabi Hoops.
That’s right, no actual tortoises (or any other animal) are harmed during the making of Jolie & Deen tortoiseshell jewellery! As animal-lovers and vegetarians, this is super important to us, which is why we use coloured resin, instead.
It’s universally flattering
With its rich honey tones and shades of amber, black and brown, tortoiseshell is surprisingly complementary to almost every skin tone and hair colour. This is one of the reasons it’s often worn close to the face, in sunglasses and earrings. For a truly failsafe option, we love our Amy earrings, as the flat disc shape also transitions brilliantly from day to night.
It’s a versatile partner
Not only does tortoiseshell suit almost everyone, it also plays nicely with other colours and fabrics. This season, you’re as likely to see tortoiseshell straps adorning clear vinyl handbags as you are tortoiseshell sunglasses freshening up a simple white shirt. And few accessories go from holiday-style to city life as well as this one does: a great pair of earrings in a linked chain style (like our Tara earrings) looks as chic with a black turtleneck in winter as it does with a floral-print wrap dress on a blazing hot day.