Stingray skin accessories may sink or swim



KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS
If you're fishing for the latest fashion fad, here's one riding a new wave: stingray skin.
Known as "shagreen" in the business, it is showing up in shiny pendants, Cartier jewelry pouches and Bill Blass watchbands, Time magazine says.
The appeal is that the skin looks a bit like pave diamonds, and celebrities including Pink and Oprah have been spotted wearing it, Time says.
The popularity has raised some concern among environmentalists. Stingrays are not listed as endangered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, but, like sharks, they are an "underprotected fish species." And no one knows the status of the population. They are not easily counted.
But like many fashion rages, the idea may come and go with the tide. Last year's hot item was snakeskin bikinis.

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