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Kin Gin Rin

Take any variety of fish and put shiny scales on top and you have Kin Gin Rin. In general terms most people refer to Kin Gin Rin as Gin Rin. To explain more about this sparkle in the scales, we will have to stay with the more descriptive name of Kin Gin Rin. A chemical deposit on each scale creates the sparkling effect. The appearance of this deposit on the scale varies and therefore Kin Gin Rin scales are divided into four distinctive types, some more popular than the other. It should be noted that Kin Gin Rin scales on a fish might consists of more than one type.

Kin Gin Rin is a chemical deposit that creates a sparkle effect on each scale and literally means Gold and Silver scales. We have the two descriptive names because the shiny scales appear as different colours, depending on the background colour. If the background colour is red, the shiny scales are gold and called Kin. If the background colour is white or black, then they appear silver or Gin. There are four types Kin Gin Rin scales.

Pearl Kin Gin Rin has a sparkle deposit in the center of each scale like a pearl. Pearl Kin Gin Rin is very rare, but quite stunning.  Because it is rare, it is very hard to find a good example with a good pattern. 




Diamond Kin Gin Rin or Hiroshima Kin Gin Rin looks like brushed aluminum or broken glass sparkle. Diamond Kin Gin Rin is the most common type that you will normally see. It unfortunately has an uneven appearance. 



Beta Kin Gin Rin is where the whole scale sparkles and is the most valued type.


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Kado Kin Gin Rin has only the edge of each scale covered with this sparkling deposit .  Kado Kin Gin Rin is sometimes mistaken for Fukurin.    You have to look close to see whether the sparkle on the edge of the scale is for Kado or on the skin that covers the edge of the scale, which is Fukurin.



Many of the koi classes have been crossbred to have Kin Gin Rin scales but if a koi has two rows of Kin Gin Rin scales, it is shown in the Kin Gin Rin class.   Koi with less Kin Gin Rin scales are usually shown in their normal class and the scales may or may not affect the judging. Any fish can be Kin Gin Rin, including Doitsu varieties. To be in a Kin Gin Rin class however, the Doitsu must have a line of scales on top by the dorsal fin, and all these scales must have Kin Gin Rin. Gin Rin shows up best on white and red and does not show very well on black.    It needs sunlight to be appreciated.

Kin Gin Rin scales, for the purist, tend to complicate the colour and hide the pattern.  For this reason, they do not compete well with their non-gin counterparts.  This is why there is a separate class for Judging. For judging this class, the most important aspect is the Kin Gin Rin.  No matter what type, it must be highly organized on the fish.  The Kin Gin Rin should be arranged in rows running the length of the body, parallel to the dorsal.  There should be at least three rows of these scales on each side.  The Gin scales should be uniform all the way along this line even up through the shoulder to the shoulder crease and back to the peduncle.  The one with the most organized uniform lines of Kin Gin Rin wins, at least as far as Kin Gin Rin.  After judging the Kin Gin Rin, then the rest of the standards (conformation, colour, etc) need to be examined for the type of fish underneath the sparkle.  The Kin Gin Rin carries a heavy weight in the class and is worth extra points, so to speak.  Normally, the best Kin Gin Rin scales wins, unless there is a very poor representation of the variety underneath it.

Judging normally takes place for Kin Gin Rin A  and Kin Gin Rin B. Kin Gin Rin A is for Gosanke and all other varieties are grouped in Kin Gin Rin B.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 12:10