Some facts about Amber jewelry
Amber Jewelry has long and beautiful history. It has inspired artisans and jewelers for centuries to create beautiful and amazing works of art.
While natural Baltic Amber is unparalleled in its elegance and makes an exceptional fine jewelry accessory, Amber is so much more. While other jewelry is rare and precious, it is made of metal or mineral; Amber is alive. Amber radiates beauty with many different and distinct colors choices that can be clear or opaque. The colors can be combined together or done in a single pattern to create a rich and regal design.
Natural Amber may contain insects, feathers or flowers. Its colors are a feast to the eye and it is unique due to the fact that it imprisons something, unlike other precious stones. There are Amber stones 30-90 million years old and they really represent frozen moments in time. Those treasures are a way to look back into well preserved moments of a life that existed in the past.
Amber Jewelry is an original choice also because it has some interesting properties. It has a nice pine smell when you rub it on a piece of cloth, it’s warm and it contains Succinic Acid (a substance known for its therapeutic properties).
Amber has been used since antiquity in the manufacture of jewelry and ornaments, as an ingredient in perfumes and has long been used in Folk Medicine for its healing properties. Amber Jewelry is often used as magical amulets which protect from bad luck. It is also thought that Amber Jewelry can heal diseases from sore throats to anxiety. So, Amber is an organic gem that people love not only for decorative purposes.
It is a soft stone thus cutting is little difficult. However, with the help of modern techniques it can be given any shape. It has better retention in large sizes thus, cutting in small sizes is preferred less.
Beads shape, Amber Color and weight is the most important factors in determining the Value of Amber Jewelry. Some Amber Beads are more highly polished/rounded requires more time to make. Also keep in mind that round beads are more expensive compared with other shapes because much material has to be removed (i.e., goes to waste) to create the shape.
Because it began to be much appreciated, people started faking Amber Jewelry and they created quite an industry. Fake Amber Jewelry is everywhere nowadays, but there are some inexpensive ways to see if your stone is man made or not. You can test your Amber gem’s authenticity by putting a heated needle on it. If the smoke smells like pine the gem is Amber, but if it smells like plastic it’s definitely fake. For a non destructive way of testing, you can also rub the Amber gem with a piece of cloth and smell it. If it smells like pine, it is a natural resin. The bad taste can tell you whether it is made of plastic not. If obtained through a chemical process, the just washed amber can taste poorly. Some other clues can also tell the truth about it. It will float in a bowl where you put one part salt and two parts water, while plastic and copal will sink.
To Clean your Amber Jewelry all you need is warm water and a clean piece of cloth. Because Amber is soft and can be brittle because of age, it’s most important to be concerned about chemicals and oxidation. Amber jewelry has to be protected from heat or excessive cold because extreme temperatures may deteriorate it.
There are many legends built around Baltic Amber. Even if you don’t believe that Amber has incredible powers, there is no possibility of denial that Amber Jewelry is special. Wearing Amber Jewelry will give a more mysterious and unique look because the Amber stone is itself an enigmatic gem which preserves history and charms the eye.
If you haven’t considered the intrinsic value of natural Baltic Amber which is one of the most precious natural resources in our world day, we invite you to explore. Your journey will excite and delight the adventurer – and fashion forward person - in you.