The normally vivid and naturally coloured jade turbo seashell has been cleverly polished to reveal the mother of pearl beneath.
Many species of shell reveal an amazing array of glistening colours once the outer layers have been removed and polished.
Turbo shells (turbininae) are a large family of some several hundred species.
Most dwell in the shallow waters of warm tropical seas.
The green jade turbo is the largest of the species and is largely used in the mother of pearl industry.
Common to the Indian Ocean.
Size: 9-10cm (3.5-4")