The province of Capiz in the Philippines is known as “The Seafood Capital of the Philippines.” However, it is named not only for all the delicious seafood that is harvested there, but also for one particular oyster that produces the translucent material simply known as “Capiz.”
Clams, mussels, oysters and scallops make a really tasty seafood foursome. They also happen to be the 4 main types of mollusk known as “bivalves,” due to having two shells joined by a hinge. Although almost everything in the bivalve family is edible, one particular bivalve, known as the Windowpane Oyster, is valued more for its shell than its taste. The translucent nature of the outer shell of the Windowpane Oyster is used as a low cost substitute for glass in parts of Southeast Asia and India, which is how the oyster got its name. It is this translucent shell that is also the origin of the beautiful material known as Capiz shell or simply “Capiz.” Although Capiz can be used in many different ways, it is particularly beautiful when light is passed through it, which makes it a popular material for use in making lamps, chandeliers, candle holders, jewelry, wind chimes and any product that is enhanced by light.
The Capiz province in the Phillipines is renowned for its Capiz, because of the beauty and abundance of Windowpane Oysters found in the many shores, bays and coves there.
Because of its glass-like quality, Capiz also creates a beautiful muted chiming sound when it is used to make a wind chime.
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