The allure and beauty of amber is obvious, its charm is unmistakable, and it’s been that way for thousands of years. But what makes amber so dramatically different from other precious stones? Continue reading
Amber Beads Necklaces
Have you ever seen the inside of your mother’s or grandmother’s jewelry box? Chances are there is some amber in there somewhere. Maybe a pair of earrings, or a cocktail ring, or maybe even a long strand of perfectly round amber beads… Continue reading
Sometimes pieces of amber have what are called inclusions in them. Inclusions refer to the bits of organic material, such as twigs, leaves or, often, insects that were trapped in resin by the flowing tree sap millions and millions years ago. These objects are perfectly preserved in their lustrous prison, and they have provided a window to the past for the scientists and amber-lovers alike. The inclusions only add to the infinite variety that characterizes amber. Continue reading
Because amber is brittle and soft by nature, it is vulnerable to chipping and scratching. Avoid wearing your amber jewelry while performing heavy labor or tasks that could put your jewelry in danger of impact. Continue reading
Ah Amber, it’s in such high demand that often people will try to sell fakes! The nerve of some people. There are even cases of people drilling holes in the fake amber, putting an insect, or in some cases even a frog or a lizard in the replica stone, and then filling it back up, and claiming its a rare piece of amber with a wonderful specimen trapped inside it. It’s not easy to distinguish real amber from fakes, but we have some tests you can preform, and hints to help you along the way. Continue reading
There are over 300 different shades of amber. We catalog all of our amber into 6 major colors: Honey, green, cherry, cognac, citrine, and butterscotch. Continue reading
- Did you know that amber stones can hold a static electric charge? It’s true! Some even say that amber’s ability to do this helps amber stones transform negative energy into positive energy just by wearing it on your body.
- Amber is created from plant material, unlike minerals. The only other precious stones that are not mineral in origin are pearl, diamond, jet, and coral.
- Did you know that Amber has been made into teething necklaces for babies for hundreds of years? Amber’s natural acids and oils produce an analgesic pain reliever when worn against the skin. Continue reading
The Fascinating World of Amber
Its allure is obvious, its charm is unmistakable, its appeal is widespread, and its beauty is unmistakable, but still what exactly is amber? Why do people hold it so dear to their hearts, what’s the big deal? Read on, and you’ll find yourself immersed in the story of this natural wonder– be careful though, for just like the insects in our special collection of amber with natural inclusions, you may just find yourself trapped in a world of amber!
How Amber Is Created Continue reading
Amber has a humble roots – literally! It comes from an organic source: trees! This is why you may have heard the term “organic gemstone” thrown around when discussing amber. (However unlike other things that have an organic label, we’re not going to charge an arm and a leg for it ) Amber is actually formed from the resin of trees; this resin becomes fossilized over millions of years if the right conditions are met. Most often amber comes from pine trees. In this picture Tim the tree is just relaxing and having a good time …
Ah Amber, it’s in such high demand that often people will try to sell fakes! The nerve of some people. There are even cases of people drilling holes in the fake amber, putting an insect, or in some cases even a frog or a lizard in the replica stone, and then filling it back up, and claiming its a rare piece of amber with a wonderful specimen trapped inside it. It’s not easy to distinguish real amber from fakes, but we have some tests you can preform, and hints to help you along the way.
The first, and most common test to preform is the buoyancy test. This only works on the amber stone, so if it is attached to silver, or any other kind of material, it will not give accurate results. The test is simple enough however – take two tablespoons of salt, dissolve in eight ounces of water, and drop the amber stone in question in the solution, if the “amber” sinks well we’re sorry, but that’s not real amber. Real amber will float
If you’re worried that your “amber” stone may just be a plastic replica, a taste test is a good way to distinguish the two. Gently clean your amber, and give it a quick taste, natural amber should give off no unpleasant or distinct taste, however its plastic imitations will give off the noticeable taste of chemicals.
Amber is a good conductor of static electricity. If you have a piece of velvet rub the amber swiftly and rapidly against it until the amber is warm to the touch. Then place the stone over a tissue lying flat on the surface, the amber stone should attract the tissue – if it is real that is.
There are plenty of ways to test amber out there, but these are some of the ones we feel most comfortable with. Shop with ease at The Russian Store, as we’ve yet to find an imitation among our selection of amber jewelry!
By: Arina Anashkina
We receive a lot of questions from customers, and Amber collectors, on how to properly clean, and care for, their favorite pieces of amber. So if you’re new to the world of amber, or just looking to maintain the beauty of some of your favorite pieces, we’re here to help with this video! Continue reading
Amber is probably the first gemstone to be worn as jewelry; it was used in adornment making as far ago as Neolithic epoch of the Bronze and the Iron Ages. Especially wide application in producing jewelry and artistic items from amber found in 17th-18th centuries.