Differentiating real from fake mother of pearl

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  1. Kent Wang

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    Mostly for the purpose of shirt buttons and cuff links. Is it something about the way it feels when your run your nail over the material? Is it possible to spot a fake visually?
     
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    Bite test. If it doesn't 'click,' it's plastic. Don't bite too hard, they break.
     
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    They'll often feel colder than plastic would.
     
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    Tiger, what do you mean by "click"?
     
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    Putting your lips to the buttons is an easy way to feel the coolness of MOP.
     
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    Bite test. If it doesn't 'click,' it's plastic. Don't bite too hard, they break.

    You neednt actually bite. Instead take a button and tap it against your tooth. The MOP will produce a sharp sound, plastic will produce a muted sound.
     
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    Hold the back of your hand against it. Shell is cold. Tap or flick it. You'll develop a feel.
     
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    Might get you some odd looks from other shoppers, though. [​IMG]
    Especially in the underwear section. FWIW, RL boxers use MOP buttons [​IMG]
     
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    You guys are a riot.
    Usually, you can tell just by looking at it, the way it shines. Also look at the back of the button, from there it's usually clear whether it's plastic, polished shell or unpolished shell. If that fails, and it rarely does, as a last resort I'll tap the button against my teeth - shell is hard and plastic soft.
     
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    Especially in the underwear section. FWIW, RL boxers use MOP buttons [​IMG]
    Ha! Disappointingly, Zimmerli uses plastic.
     
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    Ha! Disappointingly, Zimmerli uses plastic.

    This is a luxury design feature that prevents Zimmerli wearers from setting-off the the Mother of Pearl detectors at airport security stations!

    Mr. Kabbaz can verify this little known fact. [​IMG]
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    You know, tiger02, I have done some dedidedly odd things in the past but I doubt I would be caught biting the buttons on RL men's underwear (nor women's!!!!) in a shop [​IMG]
     
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    You know, tiger02, I have done some dedidedly odd things in the past but I doubt I would be caught biting the buttons on RL men's underwear (nor women's!!!!) in a shop [​IMG]
    We all have our quirks [​IMG]
     
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    We all have our quirks [​IMG]

    LOL
     
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    You guys are brilliant - ever thought of doing stand - up comedy???
     

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