Describing Fake Shells « Shell Topics , Conchology, Inc.
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Fake shells is a new speciality in the shell world. You must be prepared when you buy such shells. They are very hard to dismantle. Currently, there are 186 fake shells shown here.



001 Mitra cardinalis


A "classic" from 2009. Many sold in Mactan, many to dealers worldwide and visiting collectors. Offered as "a new species".

 

001 Mitra cardinalis


A "classic" from 2009. Many sold in Mactan, many to dealers worldwide and visiting collectors. Offered as "a new species".


001 Mitra mitra


A polished dead shell.

 

Angaria sphaerula


With extra spines glued.


Arestorides argus argus


Polished: the rings have disappeared.

 

Bolma girgylla


The so-called "double row of spines freak". One row has been glued on the shell. Magnificent fake.


Bursa borisbeckeri


This is a fake albino, heated, put on the roof for months until the shell is completely white, finished with sunlight.

 

Chelycypraea testudinaria


The fake albino.


Chlamys senatoria


Unusual upper valve, very rare colour combination. But the backvalve is yellow and glued from another specimen, in order to render a bivalve sample plausible;

 

Conomurex luhuanus


Polished, became unusual shell. In fact a fake D. luhuanus.


Contradusta pulchella aliguayensis


A dead shell, repainted and with plastic on top.

 

Conus aulicus


Collected dead and repolished.


Conus australis forma duplicatus


Rare purple color, done with acids.

 

Conus australis gabryae


With acids, a fake band in the center.


Conus australis gabryae


Special purple form obtained with acids.

 

Conus bocki


A fake ALBINO shell. First heated to get dirty cream white and then put "on the roof" as they say on Mactan to get perfectly white through intensive sun light.


Conus capitaneus


Polished to obtain this exceptional color.

 

Conus capitaneus


Polished to obtain this exceptional color.


Conus circumcisus


This is a great fake. There are several specimen as such existing. We could obtain this one and viewed another example. The bands are probably created by heating (natural colour: search conchology). The colour change goes into the aperture and the thing looks plausible.

 

Conus circumcisus


From acids and polished.



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