If an amber is genuine, it is succinite.
Succinite derives from the Latin word succinium. And succinium means Baltic Amber.
Succinite is also defined as Baltic Amber or true amber.
Succinite is defined by a unique spectral curve that one obtains by testing it using IRS technology.
Whether the amber is subjected to pressure, combined by pressing two stones together, heated, or processed in an autoclave, it remains succinite. And there is no change in the spectral curves.
Note the classifications of amber published by the International Amber Association, Gdansk Poland.
Natural Baltic amber (succinite) – gemstone which has undergone mechanical treatment only (for instance: grinding, cutting, turning or polishing) without any change to its natural properties.
Modified Baltic amber (succinite) – gemstone subjected only to thermal or high-pressure treatment, which changed its physical properties, including the degree of transparency and color, or shaped under similar conditions out of one nugget, previously cut to the required size.
Reconstructed (Pressed) Baltic amber (succinite) – gemstone made of Baltic amber pieces pressed in high temperature and under high pressure without additional components.
Stated another way, even pressed amber is succinite and that is 100% Genuine Amber.
Below are pictures of three products all of which are succinite. All are 100% genuine amber.
Beads that pressed into shape from single nuggets of amber. They are succinite. Genuine amber. True Amber. Baltic Amber. The pressing does nothing to affect the medicinal properties of the amber. The IRS spectral curves are identical to those of beads cut from one stone. Many times they look just like beads cut from one nugget.
Beads pressed into shape from more than one nugget of amber. They are succinite. Genuine amber. True Amber. Baltic Amber. The pressing and combining does nothing to affect the medicinal properties of the amber. The IRS spectral curves are identical to those of beads cut from one stone. Sometimes they look identical to beads cut from one nugget.
These are extremely popular. See more information about them at Big Bead Bracelets.
Baltic Amber comes from the Baltic Sea region. It lies in the sea bed and in the ground on the seacoast. It is petrified resin. It is millions of years old.
The vast majority of amber used in jewelry, and beads, is heated and pressed into usable forms. It loses its natural shape but it does not lose the fact that it is Baltic Amber. It is the real thing. It is genuine. It is just processed.
Many people want amber that has not been heated because they think it is not genuine amber after it has been heated. Such is not the case. Sometimes heat clarifies an opaque stone. Other times it darkens colors. An it also can be used to create small, and very attractive, light reflecting cracks in a clear stone.
The heating does not change the fact that it is genuine Baltic Amber.
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