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The unpleasant aspect behind a consumer having to  distinguish button materials is the way sleezy makers and salesmen take advantage of common, but inexact, knowledge of mother-of-pearl and bone buttons.  Most people have heard enough to know that mop and bone buttons are generally desirable.  So, makers (of buttons or shirts) find ways of cutting mop or shell ever thinner (and cheaper) so they can still advertise that their products have "genuine mother-of-pearl buttons." The degraded "horn" or "bone" buttons are even more insideous.  The button makers compound the dust from cutting the natural material with epoxy.  The resulting button is molder plastic with horn or bone "content."  Even good suit makers (I have in mind Samuelsohn) use the reconstituted bone buttons and charge a premium ($15 in Samuelsohn's case) for natural bone buttons.
Interesting. thanks for the posting this. I didn't know this about Samuelsohn. As to the content of your post in general, I agree that the practice is insidious.