The shell is colorful and iridescent. I love it but never wear brooches.Please contact me with any questions you may have. The item "Antique Chinese Shell Brooch w Silver Rim Hand Paint Men Riding Horses 1800s" is in sale since Monday, November 25, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Costume\Retro, Vintage 1930s-1980s\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "so-cal-button-gal" and is located in South Pasadena, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.