Usually found on glassware, the tortoise motif has become especially popular in the last few years. It’s no surprise—tortoise is graphic and sophisticated. The multi-tonality lends it a certain visual softness. Photo from House Beautiful – Designed by Miles Redd.
Whether your dining set is patterned or plain, tortoise makes a sleek addition. Fine white china looks especially crisp when offset by tortoise steak knives. With a highball glass nearby, even the most playfully patterned plate becomes a bit more refined. When it comes to gift giving, tortoise is flattering for all skin tones, so go with House of Lavande’s Gold Tortoise necklace, or spring for a pair of bespoke tortoise sunglasses.
1. BERTI Convivio Steak Knives – Tortoise Lucite – Set 6, $540; 2. Ultimate Bespoke Glasses, $1,595; 3. Napier Gold and Brown Tortoise Necklace, $428; 4. Tortoise Glass, $19; 5. Tortoise Wine Glass, $22.50; 6. Vintage chairs with faux tortoise shell finish, $2,740