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An american mink is a big and beautiful specimen of the species. And it became a base of the breeding of fur-bearing animals in the 1920`s. Today the worldwide market of farm mink is about 50 millions of skins. Depending on a place of rearing and a composition of ration mink fur has got quite different characteristics and it makes possible to divide relatively the whole mink market into several types.

A Russian mink has the highest nap and thick high under-wool. A Scandinavian mink is the most widely distributed in the world (it occupies 80% of the worldwide market of farm mink). The main characteristics of it are the even nap of middle height and thick under-wool. There are two types of fur in this group: a Finish selection with a higher fur marked as SAGA FURS and Danish selection with a lower fur marked as KOPENHAGEN FURS. A North American mink has a low nap and it looks like a natural velvet , so long as a low nap almost hides in a dense, thick under-wool. The North American mink fur is divided into two marks of quality: American mark (AMERICAN LEGEND ® MINK) and Canadian mark (NAFA ® MINK). The best black mink has got its own name for both marks: BLACKGLAMA® for American and BLACK NAFA® for Canadian.

An American mink is an perfect object for selective transformations as its genes can give enormous quantity of mutations responsible for a fur colour . A range of natural colours of the farm mink is very wide: from white to black through all the brown and grey-blue colours. A natural black mink (its Finish name is “scanblack”) as any natural black fur has very dark brown fur indeed. A dark brown mink , called “mahogany” is a symbol of the classic mink fur coat. A “wild type” variation reproduces the original natural colour - gray-brown with a dark character. The light coloured Finish mink of a wild type is called “scanglow”, the dark coloured is called “scanbrown”. A light gray-brown colour has a name of “pastel”. Fur of a “lavender” colour has light tints of lilac and a light coloured under-wool. The next group of furs includes gray-blue colours: blue mink (“sapphire”) and its rare light coloured mutation, called “violet” ; gray-blue or silver-blue mink and gray mink called “blue iris”.The group of light colours includes: a white mink , light beige “pearl” and gray-beige “topaz” or “palomino”.

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The mink which is the most widely distributed in coloured mutations is called “ black cross”. Its black fur along the character forms a bright cross on the white pelt in “the humeral region”. The rare variations of “black cross” mink look very splendid: they are a blue one (“sapphire cross”) and a pastel one (“pastel cross”). A “jaguar” coloration resembles a traditional white cow with black spots. There are some extremely rare mutations of mink in the world, when a number of pelts may be equal to several hundreds. Among them are a gray mink with the smallest white impregnations, so called “stardust” or a “marble” mink, which has dark yellow fur with chocolate coloured free designs.



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