The distinctive ridged shell of the tortoise is so eye-catching you can't help but want to reach out and touch it, lovingly stroking every ridge, nook and cranny to discover the secrets that lie within.
With a shell strong enough to withstand a bullet and defy attacks from crocodiles and other predators, and the wisdom to make strategic decisions, the tortoise represents the classic tale of the underdog hero triumphing against a much stronger opponent.
Wear this necklace when you want to take on the world, confident in who you are and what you're capable of achieving.
Optimistic and positive, gold adds richness and warmth to everything around it. It also inspires wisdom, spirituality and a deep understanding of the self and soul.
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Also available in sterling silver.
Found on the southern edge of the Sahara desert in northern Africa, the African spurred tortoise is the third-largest species of tortoise in the world and the largest species of mainland tortoise.
It symbolizes strength and stability as well as virtue, happiness and fertility within Africa. Known to live for more than a hundred years and reputed to have been on earth for more a hundred million years, the tortoise is also a symbol of knowledge and wisdom.
Similarly, the tortoise is a symbol of good luck in Feng-Shui and is one of four sacred animals in Chinese culture along with the dragon, unicorn and phoenix.