This very real, vintage, authentic puka shell necklace is made from actual real, beach worn beautiful shells. When looking for a puka shell necklace, please examine the shell and look to see if it has been cut. The usual necklaces out there marketed as puka shell, are just cut plastic.Some are not even circular. Puka means hole in hawaiian. The puka shell is the worn out bottom of the cone shell.
Any cone shell can make a puka shell. If the necklace looks to be made of real shell, next examine to see if the shells look cut or naturally worn. You should see shells with curved smooth edges. Some may be less worn then others, but the majority should be smooth and near flat. If not, it is likely a cut cone shell necklace from the philippines.
If you have a necklace and are wondering if it is legit please message me and send pics i will do my best to help out. This item is made of pearl & shell.