How to test if amber you own is original ?
The most common question asked about amber is: " How do I recognise that amber is natural (original) or
fake? " I have seen in many places where some "clever" person says that to recognise original amber you need to burn it. Of course this advice is wrong and comes from people whose knowledge of amber is limited or non existent. Yes if you use this method original amber will have specific smell when burnt but this method will unavoidably lead to damage of the piece and personally I do not recommend this,especially if the person has no experience of the smell of
original burning amber because they will not be able to tell the difference between original and fake burn amber essence.
Well then, how do you recognise whether amber is original or not? The answer is simple . You need to find a container or bowl put in some water and dissolve lots of salt in it.
Next you need to put a piece of amber into this water and if the amber floats on the surface then
the amber you own is original.
BE CAREFULL! this method is not 100% accurate in some cases e,g. with Baltic amber you can find two different types which are resistant to this method of testing. First of them is known as Cherry amber,amber in dark cherry colour which will float only in very strong solution of salt water. Second amber is known as Rough amber,which contains a large amount of sand. This amber will sink, even in a very strong salt water solution, however, usually this kind of amber is not faked by fraudsters.
Now, if we have a beautiful piece of amber in a silver mount ( pendant,ring,necklace), how do we test these? In this case dipping in salt water won't help and our options are limited. In these cases the most important thing is an honest and trustworthy seller or producer.
Another method of assessing whether amber is real (original) is by examining the variety of amber pieces that the seller has on offer. If there are colour variations including non perfect hues and milky mists together with other inconsistencies, the chances are that the amber pieces are genuine, remember, amber is naturally unique !.