When talking about the stingray leather products, a lot of people will automatically imagine it with that familiar diamond or eye shaped white mark.
However, there are a couple of uncertainties and misconceptions when it comes to it. Being confused about it myself, I’ve decided to do a further research in order to learn what’s really behind all of that.
I knew that it wasn’t a sign of authenticity as many claimed it to be, as I got to work with stingray skin. It doesn’t need to have that sign to be genuine and it isn’t a natural mark that stingrays have on them either. However, the truth behind it is actually more reasonable than I thought.
The skin of a stingray consists of numerous little pearl-like beads that are made of calcium. This makes the leather as strong as it is, but it’s also harder to dye it this way. After the leather is tanned and dyed in a drum, these beads need to be dyed again. That can be done with a special spray.
Now every piece of stingray leather has one higher part at the center of it. When the “eye” is incorporated into a leather item it wears off and shows the color of the beads. While most of us are fine with this process, some manufacturers dye that white “eye” over this part to make these beads less noticeable.
Is that it?
So that’s all that is behind it. It’s not a natural feature of the stingray or a sign of authenticity, but it’s also not some marketing trick.
In the end, it’s just a choice of some manufacturers that want the product not to look worn off. And of course, there are customers that love it too. As an enthusiast, I like that unique patina of the older stingray leather items, but it’s all up to taste.
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