Polished, Standard and Print Skins
Of all exotic leathers, stingray is often the most underrated. It is highly durable (25 times more durable than cowhide leathers) and has a unique supple texture. This leather is one of the most durable skins and is widely available. It can be textured to be bumpy or flat and painted in any color in a large number of possibilities. Under no threat of extinction, this fish provides a useful protein food to many regions throughout Southeast Asia.
All of our stingray skins are very soft, actually some of the softest within the industry. We use special chemicals and oils to insure the whitest diamond shaped eye/crowns and the most vibrant color without any green or yellow hues from using heavy chrome, inferior chemicals, or oils. Multi-eye, row stone, or guitar straps are another commercially traded species of stingray, which are spotted eagle rays. The calcium deposit run vertically through the hourglass shape of these skins.
Finishes and Grading
Standard finished stingray have bumps or beads that have not been altered from nature. Stingray skins have a unique diamond shape white eye/crown in the center of each skin which is actually a calcium deposit. Each skin has two breathing holes located at the upper portion of each skin which is not considered in the grading. Stingray skins are only graded below the two breathing holes. Any area in-between the breathing holes are not considered. Stingray skins are measured from the widest area across. Sanded or polished stingray skins are commonly referred to as shagreen and are used in furniture production, wall coverings, and those interested in luxurious finished products. Sanding stingray skins will increase the price roughly 30% from the standard finish, this is due to the fact that 30% of the skins will not adhere to the sanding and must be graded down or discarded.
Size and Availability
The most common sized stingray skin for production is an 11″ stingray skin. We stock 10,000 stingray skins within the U.S. in this size with 75 colors and prints. 15″ is the largest size that should be used in production. Roughly 5% of stingrays caught in the wild will yield a 15″ skin. A 15″ stingray is also the same size stingray that killed our beloved Steve Erwin a few years ago.
The Industry Leader in Stingray Sales
We have the largest revolving stock of stingray in the marketplace. We are always open to produce new prints and colors for clients that are past sampling and into production. Choose any color from the Pantone® color chart and or give us the image you would like printed on our production order. Production orders take 30-45 days. In addition to the 10,000 currently stocked stingray skins we have 100,000 skins in crust to insure our delivery dates in any quantity.
Most people don’t know that Stingrays are fish. In fact, many people take excursions around the reefs of Bora Bora and Morea to swim with giant rays and actually hand feed them.
All Stingrays, despite their size differences, are equipped with long, flexible whip-like tails. There are usually one or two sharp spines on the tail near the middle. These spines have sharp teeth along their edges making them barb-like, much like a fishing hook. At the base of these teeth are small glands that contain poison pockets capable of causing wounds nearly as painful and dangerous as a snake bite. Stingrays swing their tails upward to defend against predators.
Stingrays live on the sandy or muddy bottoms of all warm, shallow parts of the oceans and bays. In South America, they can be found in the rivers that flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Stingrays also live as far as 2,000 miles above the mouth of the Amazon River.