Capiz is both a geographical location and the name of a shell that is used largely in interior decorating and for decorative gifts and accessories. Geographically speaking, Capiz is a province of the Philippines facing the Sibuyan Sea to the north. The shell, which is used for decorative purposes, is the outer shell of the marine mollusk, Placuna placenta, found in the shallow coastal waters of the Philippines.
The shell by this name is a flat, semi-transparent shell with a pearlescent appearance. Capiz is often used to create lampshades or other luminescent objects, such as candle holders, because of its striking appearance when light shines through. However, it is just as common to see the bases of lamps crafted with the shell. It is also frequently used as an accent to many household and fashion accessories. The look is generally considered to be elegant and formal.
As a decorative item for interiors, capiz is often found not only on light fixtures and furniture, but also on walls. Many upscale hotels feature these panels on the interior walls of their lobbies and hallways. You might also find capiz in the showers and bathrooms of such hotels. They might be used in homes, but it are generally reserved for formal areas only, though a more casual look can also be achieved with them.
Capiz is also used in jewelry, especially necklaces and bracelets, where it can stand alone or accentuate mother of pearl. It can be found as accent trim on leather handbags, watches, and even shoes. It is not uncommon to find giftware made with capiz as well. Dishes are another item that might incorporate it to create an elegant, one-of-a-kind look.
Essentially, the use of capiz shell in decorating and fashion is unlimited. It can be difficult to tell the difference between genuine shell and a synthetic, but generally, synthetic versions are cheaper. Capiz shell products can add a look of elegance or formality to a room or object, but they can also be used to create a breezy, coastal feel. Their decorative purposes are virtually limitless, and the look the shell gives depends largely on the quantity used and the accompanying materials, with silver or gold being the most formal and wood being a more casual material.