Unexpected Jewelry Material

Turquoise Horn

Location: Varkala, Kerala, India; Material: Animal Horn

From one animal lover to another, I assure you no animals were harmed in the making of these earrings.  Some animals that have horns do something similar to fur shedding: the outer layer of their horns shed annually.  The layer that falls out can be used to make a number of things, including these earrings.  I vividly remember bargaining for this pair and two more pairs of horn earrings, one of which I gave to one of my friends.  The particular pair was died a beautiful light aqua color.


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