How do you tell a fake oyster shell from a real shell?

How to Tell Fake Oyster Shells from Real Oyster Shells

How to Tell Fake Oyster Shells from Real Oyster Shells

Oysters Uses

Oysters are a group of salt-water mollusks that are a popular seafood, and are eaten both cooked and raw. Certain oysters are used to harvest pearls, although these pearl oysters are not true oysters. Food and pearls are just some of the uses for oysters. Crushed oysters shells can be used in gardening. They slowly release calcium and trace minerals into the soil, which is beneficial to plants and can help them grow larger and healthier. The coarse texture of the crushed shells also serves as a deterrent to garden pests like voles. Crushed oyster shells can be fed to birds, such as chickens, as a grit calcium supplement. It can be used in aquariums to help balance the water PH levels.

Whole oyster shells or pieces of shells are used for decoration. Whole shells are beautiful on their own, or can be used as holders for tea light candles, air plants, or trinkets. Pieces of oyster shells can be arranged into stunning frames for pictures or mirrors, create beautiful jewelry, or as filigree to cover lamp bases or jewelry boxes. Plenty of unique seashell decor items can be found in the store at 55-55 Marine Drive.

How to Notice Fake Oyster Shells

Not every oyster shell you’ll come across in a store or gift shop will be a genuine shell from the ocean. Fake oyster shells are sold for cooking, so that they can be used over and over. These cooking shells are usually made of stainless steel or ceramic, and are marketed as being fake and to be used for a functional purpose. Sometimes, fake oyster shells are passed off as the real thing. This is more common with shells that are sold as jewelry or décor items.

There are several ways to distinguish a real oyster shell from a fake. The first is to consider the size of the shell. While pearl oysters can grow to the size of a dinner plate, true oysters do not grow very large. Those species that are used primarily for food have a maximum size of up to eight inches (twenty centimeters). Other species are even smaller. If you come across a large shell that’s being marketed as an oyster, it’s likely a fake

Perfect symmetry indicates a fake oyster shell

A second sign of a man-made oyster shell is perfect symmetry and texture. Oysters have a central adductor muscle that leaves behind a scar on its central attachment point. Shells are almost always irregular in shape due to the animal’s attachment to rocks and substrates. Living in the ocean results in some natural wear and tear. Just as you likely have some scars, oyster shells will usually have some scratches and dings. Shells can be polished to minimize these marks, but a shell that’s perfectly shaped and blemish free is a clear indicator of a reproduction.

Oysters are mostly flat, with just a slight rounding of the shell. Shells that are deep either aren’t real, or have been misidentified. There is one type of oyster, called the windowpane oyster, that is more popular for its shell than for eating. It’s translucent with a beautiful sheen that makes it ideal for jewelry and décor. Like other true oysters, it is nearly flat, and doesn’t grow very large. Windowpane oysters only grow up to four inches. If the shell has been cut into pieces, it can be difficult to determine its authenticity, but a whole shell has a distinctive v-mark at the bottom of the shell from its attachment ligament. If you can, check the origin of the shell. Most windowpane oysters come from the Philippines, where they are called kapis. Other countries or origin include India, Malaysia, and China. Windowpane oysters are one of the most common species of oysters used in decoration.

Oyster shells are a versatile item. Each species offers unique colors and patterns that offer a world of beauty in a little shell. Bring the beauty of the oyster shell into your life with an oyster shell night light. The shell is lit from behind, illuminating each shell’s unique patterns and colors. They’re small enough to plug right into your light socket. Even when the light is off, each polished shell has a beautiful sheen that will add lovely color and texture to your room. Check them out today in our online store at 55-55 Marine Drive.

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