Category Archives: Amber Jewelry

Collectible Amber

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

How to Spot Fake Amber

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

Interesting Notes on the Gemstone Amber

static electricity

  • 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

Bet You Did Not Know These Facts About Baltic Amber…

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!

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How is Amber Formed? Well Here’s Where You Find Out!

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 …

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Is this amber real – determining whether amber is a fake

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!

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