The large and beautiful shells found in abundance in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. are cleaned and polished before being used to make ashtrays, small boxes, bangles, table lamps, and jewellery. An interesting and beautiful resource is the tortoise shell which is often inlaid with silver, and used to make jewellery and decorative artefacts
such as rings and crosses to be worn around the neck. Shell, because of its light colour and luminous properties, is also being used for inlay work .
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