Written by Holly Wednesday, 05 May 2010 00:03
On a bead shopping trip last year I purchased some beautiful beads marked as "amber". I couldn't wait to make a statement necklace out of these gorgeous beads that appeared to glow from within. The beads were large yet ultra lightweight and came in a range of colors that I loved.
After researching I determined my great new beads were synthetic amber. Synthetic amber is similar to amber in look and feel, but is a significantly less expensive man-made resin. True amber is a resin, but it is a fossilized tree resin that usually has organic plant or animal material as inclusions.
I still enjoyed my synthetic amber for creating ultra lightweight amber jewelry designs that are also ultra affordable. But, if you are in search of genuine amber, here are 3 of several tests available:
- Does it burn or melt? True amber will not melt. If touched with flame, it will burn away similar to incense and give off a piney, sweet, pleasant smell.
- Does it float in salt water? A true amber bead will float in salt water, while synthetic amber will drop.
- Is it harmed by solvents? True amber will not dissolve if touched with a solvent such as fingernail polish remover while imitation amber will become tacky or melted by solvents.
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