Baltic Amber is 45 million year old pine tree sap found in Northern Europe around the Baltic Sea. According to scientists it is a fossil pine resin that has achieved a stable state through oxidation. Amber electrifies negatively and it is still alive because its internal metamorphosis is still incomplete.
There are a number of ways that amber is faked. You want to get what you’re paying for, so knowing a little about amber authenticity can save you from a big disappointment.
Here are 5 Ways to Detect Amber Authenticity:
- If you polish it, Amber won’t shine.
- Amber doesn’t capture light, instead it will glow with a resinous glow.
- It will not get sticky as Copal will when you rub it vigorously.
- Looking beneath the surface, there are no inclusions. Authentic Amber will be clear.
- You will not see air bubbles in the resin.
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*The red family of color, shows its rarity.
Fakes passed off as real Amber
- Copal – is real resin from a tree so in fact it is Amber but the difference is that it has not cured or aged long enough, roughly 1000 to 1 million years old. Smells of sweet resins.
- Glass – remains cold and fire proof.
- Fenolic Resin – no smell of a pine tree
- Celluloid – (A very early plastic) Smells of burnt plastic
- Modern Plastics – Smells of burnt plastic