A Run On Tortoise

February 20, 1997|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,Sun Fashion Editor

Tortoise shell is the hot finish for all things fashionable. Harvested from the shells of hawksbill turtles, it has been a prized and costly material for small decorative objects and jewelry since ancient times. However, today's plastics technology makes handsome faux tortoise available to all. Its translucent and variegated gold-to-brown shadings are popularly used for sunglass frames and bangles. This season tortoises show up as shoes, handbags and even printed fabrics. They're a summer natural.

Pub Date: 2/20/97

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