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Amber Verification

Anyone interested in this wonderful decorative element would like to wear real amber instead of imitation. Unfortunately, nowadays amber fakes often appear - for example, it is replaced by a copal or plastic. So how can one tell if we are dealing with authentic amber?


A known test that allows verification is the severity test. To do it, throw a stone into salt water. Natural amber will remain on the surface, most imitations will fall to the bottom. Another method is the method of sinking a very hot needle in stone. It's easy to pull it out of amber, it will not be easy to take it out of copal for a change. Additionally, when we treat real amber with high temperature, a characteristic resinous aroma will appear.


We can also test electrostatic properties. Rubbed against wool or other natural material, and then added to the tiny particles of paper, it will attract them. Imitation - no. It is also worth bearing in mind that amber has a high resistance to substances such as solvents and ether. When confronted with them, it does not become opaque, as opposed to the fakes in the form of copal.


The next test can be a UV test. Exposure to this type of amber radiation will turn bluish or yellowish. The plastic will not change the color and the copal will turn white.


How to choose the right amber


It is not always possible to carry out tests of truth, therefore, in order to be sure that we buy jewelry with authentic amber, it is best to purchase it from a certified distributor or in a proven amber store.


The method is actually just one - check whether after rubbing the amber will attract paper  ( very small pieces of paper) – electrostatics small . +

There are plenty of traps waiting for us in the form of Chinese counterfeits. They can be recognized by the fact that many mosquitoes and leaflets are suspicious, but they are quite cheap. These real yantars with sunken insects and plants from years ago are really expensive! So, search the ambers, go with the papers or just go to the checked gallery.


That's how you check if you bought the original


- Lightly warm the amber. The real one should smell of resin

- Real amber has electrostatic properties. If you rub it with wool, for example, it will attract scraps of paper

- Pour 30 g of salt into a liter of water. Amber, unlike bad counterfeits, should float on the surface