How to tell if a mother of-pearl button is real
Sadly, there are a lot of plastic imitation buttons masquerading as real mother of pearl buttons out there. Kanukama is proud that our mother of pearl buttons are completely 100% real. We know this as we have gone to the source to check. But if you want to double check, here are some quick tests that you can carry out – and none require any expensive scientific equipment apart from your eyes, ears and teeth ….
The kiss test - A real mother of pearl button will feel cooler to the touch compared to a plastic one as mother of pearl does not retain as much heat. The best way to tell the temperature difference is by giving them a quick kiss and touch with your lips to find out which one is colder than the other.
- The back test - Check the back of the button – plastic buttons have backs that are usually pristine white. The backs of real mother of pearl buttons are slightly more mottled or darker in colour – and for Kanukama buttons – our backs are usually more golden than the front.
- The colour test - Plastic buttons are more starkly white, while real mother of pearl buttons are a softer shade of white. And for our Kanukama buttons, there will also be hints of gold scattered across their surface.
- The "I’m not perfect" test - A real mother of pearl button will have some imperfections – ridges, bumps, lumps, and holes – as it is made from a natural material. These imperfections add character and reflect the light more. They make a real mother of pearl button far more interesting than boring, dull, flat, fake plastic ones.
- The Wizard of the Oz test - A good mother of pearl button will catch the light and reflect the colours around it. So if your button is dull in the light, you know it’s not real.
- The tooth test - Gently rub the button against your teeth. A plastic button will feel smooth against your tooth but a mother of pearl one has a texture and will feel grittier. Just don’t suddenly gasp in amazement, breath in and swallow it by mistake.
- The nail test - For those who don’t bite their nails to the quick – rub your nail across the mother of pearl button. It should feel grittier than a plastic one.