This buckle is solid stainless steel with a solid stainless steel rope edging. It is shown with shells-not replicas. Each buckle is individually hand crafted. Each piece is welded in place and the buckle is signed by the artist, Ken Fenton. This has been set with an all natural piece of abalone shell. It has not been dyed, reconstituted, or otherwise altered. Each buckle will vary with the shell used WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.