Amber is fossilized resin primarily found in pine trees of Northern Europe. It dates back to the Stone Age, where it has been used to create jewelry, as well as for possible healing properties. Many people are fascinated with authentic amber jewelry, especially if it contains something a little special, like mosquitos, ants or spiders. Resin – the sticky fluid that oozes from the trees has encased living things over many centuries. Amber jewelry with insect inclusions is fascinating on many levels.
If you have a piece of amber jewelry, here are some fun facts:
- The most common color of amber is yellow, however additional colors include white, blue, green, orange, red, and brown.
- Amber releases a pine scent when burned. Amber burns, it does not melt.
- It has electrostatic properties.
- There are various types of amber, based upon the origin. The most common is Baltic Amber. Perhaps you own a piece of Baltic Amber Jewelry? Wear it proudly!
So, Do You Have Real Amber Jewelry?
Many people come to National Estate Jewelry Buyers because of our stellar reputation. They come to evaluate, authenticate, sell and/or buy jewelry with confidence. There are several tests that can be utilized to determine real amber jewelry from an imitation – but, please be very careful not to damage the soft stone, as some of these tests could scratch or leave marks. Tests include:
- Visual Inspection: It usually has imperfections, rarely is it totally clear. As mentioned previously, it may have some insects in it, often making it more valuable. It does not have swirling, wispy patterns like glass or plastic.
- Smell: Take a fine needle and hold it in metal pliers. Place it over a flame until it glows white hot. Very gently, touch the piece to be tested in an inconspicuous place. Smell the area of white smoke it produces. If it smells pine-like, almost a natural odor, then it’s probably amber. And, if it smells like plastic… it probably is.
- Rub It: If it is real amber and you rub it on a piece of cloth for 30 seconds or more (such as wool), it becomes electrostatic and can pick up small pieces of paper, dust or strands of hair. If not… it’s probably plastic, glass or copal (younger resin, lighter scent).
- Does It Float? Make a super saturated salt water solution and place an unset or unstrung piece of amber in the solution. Amber is light, if it floats, it’s probably amber. If it sinks… it is most likely plastic, glass or copal.
- Soft or Hard: Amber is soft and scratches easily. Glass on the other hand will not.
Are you thinking about selling your Amber Jewelry with Insect Inclusions? What’s It Worth?
Whether you have a piece of Baltic Amber Jewelry, Amber Jewelry with Insect Inclusions or want to find out if you have a piece of real amber jewelry, come to National Estate Jewelry Buyers of East Brunswick, NJ. Our Team of Experts provides FREE EVALUATIONS on Tuesdays. And, as always – We make YOU an offer and NEVER ask how much you want… that would be unethical!
National Estate Jewelry Buyers is conveniently located at 212 Route 18, East Brunswick, next to the FedEx office. Stop in or call 732-257-GOLD (4653).