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How to Choose and Buy Amber Jewelry

 

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Online shopping is very popular these days, with more and more consumers across the world turning to the World Wide Web to purchase goods.  And it’s easy to see why. Available technology enables manufacturers togive instant access to thousands of people all over the world with just a few mouse clicks.

There are many companies that sell Fake Products and are only online to rip you off. That’s certainly not an experience you want to have and we want to give you some tips that will keep you from buying Fake Amber Jewelry.

Buying Amber Jewelry online you should take some preliminary steps to verify the credibility of the retailer. The vendor should also provide you with a safe method of payment such as PayPal, Google Checkout or any Payment Service Provider that guarantees a refund if the item needs to be returned.

Be wary of dodgy offers that are too good to be true. The old adage of “if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is” should inform how you shop online – caution is required because there are plenty of scams looking to hook you in with tempting offers. 

You can also differentiate shops online by how their websites look. If it’s a one-pager, flashing banners, and makes statements like: “Available right now for a very special price… this sale won’t last”, you might want to reconsider the vendor.

Here are the key points How to choose and buy Amber Jewelry online:

*Baltic Amber is the hardened resin of ancient pine treesformed over 45 million years ago. This organic substance is perhaps most well-known for the incredible inclusions of insects and plant matter that can be found within it. People have been making jewelry from Amber for over 10,000 years.

*The merchant guarantees that their Amber is 100% genuine Baltic Amber. This can usually be found within the product description or the subpages of their website.

*Amber Certificates of Authenticity is a misleading factor that a purchase of genuine Baltic Amber must be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Does a certificate of authenticity guarantee that the Amber is real? No. Certificates are not regulated. There is no superior authority that can verify their products and the certificates alike.   

*The value of Baltic Amber is mainly determined by its clarity and color.

Color of Amber 

Rich yellow (butterscotch) is most valuable Color of Amber. A deep cherry-red Amber Color also commands a high price and is relatively rare.   

Clarity of Amber

Clear amber is more valuable. Only clear Amber truly showcases the gem's radiant warm colors, and Amber that contains ancient plant or animal matter is more valuable when those inclusions are readily visible. Translucent and opaque forms of Amber occur when the gem is formed from resin that contained a high quantity of particulate matter or air bubbles. 

Inclusions  

Amber - Window To The Past. Baltic Amber is unique for its ability to contain other once-living things within it. Ants, spiders, flies that had the misfortune to land on the resin when it was wet can become preserved within the gem as it fossilizes. For collectors, Amber Jewelry that showcases an ancient insect or spider is a unique prize. 

*Most common treatments used to improve the appearance of natural Amber:

Heat

Amber can be heated to improve color and clarity. 

Filling

Copal, a younger version of Amber, has not fully fossilized, so copal can fill the cracks and pits in a piece of Amber that has an irregular shape, making it more symmetrical and appealing for jewelry.

Coatings

Some Amber is also covered with certain coatings. This type of treatment usually aims to enhance color, but the results are not as durable as those of heat treatment.

Pressed Amber

Since Amber pieces are not always the right size or shape that consumers prefer, vendors melt pieces of the material into chunks that are larger or better shaped.

The resulting pieces are called “pressed amber.” This type of amber is cheaper than comparable solid pieces.

*Butterscotch Perfectly Round Baltic Amber Beads always have been in demand. For instance, the price for natural Butterscotch Baltic Amber Beads 10-15 mm in diameter are $13-20 per gram. Smaller beads cost a bit less and larger ones more. In case you come across ideally round balls described as "natural not pressed not reconstructed amber" at much lower price, most likely the vendor lies to you. Price must be always your guide for the quality and genuineness. Larger workshops that make Baltic Amber Perfectly Round Beads normally don't care to sell retail through the Internet with a very little mark-up.    

Amber Jewelry is a favorite for many, however navigating the many facets of finding the right piece can often feel complex. By learning some Baltic Amber basics and then creating a familiarity with this well liked form of jewelry, you will be well prepared to find a beautiful Amber Jewelry and have fun doing it.  

Sincerely

Svajunas Petreikis

E-mail svajunas@amberartisan.com