Some simple tests to separate between genuine stingray skin & imitation stingray skin
Genuine stingray skin has a built in resistance to fire. The imitation skin made from plastics will melt after a few seconds. (Do not apply flame to the cowhide border or lining of a stingray product or apply flame to genuine stingray skin for a long time).
Genuine stingray skin has a built in resistance to heat. If you apply a heated metal tip to the large pearls of imitation skin, it will melt after a few seconds. Genuine stingray skin will not.
Genuine stingray skin is highly resistant to scratching. Rub steel wool against genuine stingray skin and there should be minimal noticeable affect (note – surface colorings will be eroded by such extreme examination). Imitation skin made from plastics will scratch and disfigure rather easily.