Identifying the Real Amber

 

Sometimes amber is not what you think you have. Plastic copies of amber are hard to recognize with unexperienced eye, but there are signs that usually gives them away, for example; significantly lower price. If you have doubts of originality of the piece of amber you have got, there are some ways to check its authenticity.

Heat test

Amber conducts heat and this test is about gently stabbing previously warmed up needle into piece of stone. If the amber is original, needle will easily go in and you will feel a special scent that reminds of burning pine needles. Fake amber will smell like you just set plastic bag on fire. Be very careful with this test because hot needle can leave scratch marks on your precious jewelry made of amber. There are some other artificial materials, that melt fast and release light smell, while the real amber will never melt. On higher temperatures, amber will produce a kind of „oil“ and black residual.

Cold test

Put a piece of amber into a cold space, like fridge or similar. After a few hours, when you remove it, you will notice that the amber kept the same temperature that it had before you put it in the fridge. This proves its originality because other materials would cool off in the refrigerator and wouldn’t raise its temperature to once they are taken out of the fridge.

Rubbing test

You can take a piece of amber and rub it against natural materials, such as cotton or wool. This will allow amber to attract light objects such as small pieces of paper or hair. This static electricity is the reason why amber is called “Electron” since ancient times. While rubbing it, amber will emit light, neutral smell, while other materials become soften and sticky.

Salt water test

In one glass of water, add couple of teaspoons full of salt and stir. Every few seconds, stir it and after that you are ready to proceed with test. Insert amber in the glass. Salt water has a higher level of gravity so that amber will float, while fake amber (plastic) and other materials sink. You can also use mineral or sparkling water.

Fossils test

Trapped inside amber stone, you can very often find remains of extinct species. If you can see fossilized animals or plants inside your stone, it probably means you have an original piece of amber in your hands.

There are also some other ways to check Amber's originality - ether/acetone test: amber remains the same when put in acetone or ether, UV-test: when put through waves of ultraviolet (UV) light, amber will show the pale shade of blue, tasting test: tasting amber is another way to find out is it real or fake. Wash a piece of amber in soapy and after that in clean water. If the piece is made of artificial materials, it will have a very gross taste of chemicals, while real amber has no taste.


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