About raw amber and how to get genuine raw Baltic amber from Poland
Raw amber is just that. It is raw. It is a non uniform, haphazardly created gemstone that is petrified, impurity filled tree resin.
Raw amber comes in many colors and many grades. A good percentage of it cannot be used for jewelry in its unprocessed state. For example most white amber crumbles when worked. So it is has limited use in handmade jewelry unless heated and pressed into beads or cabochons.
Raw amber from the Baltics is generally either illegally dredge mined in the forests along the Baltic sea coast or legally in large open mines in Lithuania or Kaliningrad.
You can buy sorted raw amber by the kilogram – subject to order minimums.
Some suppliers simply sell lots of amber as it comes from the mine. Others sort it and run it through a series of sieve to separate it by size.
Because the surface of the raw amber stones is opaque, one does not know what lies below. It could be a clear piece or it could have faults. Or it could have some inclusions such as insect or plant remains. It is a game of chance.
Some suppliers offer polished raw amber. After polishing they remove the stones with inclusions or faults. And you get the uniform clear product.
The pieces with inclusions are sold to select buyers at much higher prices than the clear stones. Amber with inclusions is generally available only to select, regular customers of the seller. And even then it is only available at premium prices.
Wholesale order minimums are generally around 1 kilogram except when buying individual large stones.
Pictured below are some pictures of extremely high quality Baltic amber. One does not see such quality often.
Raw Amber 5 – 10
Raw Amber 10 – 20
Raw Amber 20 – 50
Raw Amber 50 – 100
I generally looks more like this:
Caution! Amber fraud is rampant. Now some raw amber is being sold with synthetic pieces that look like raw amber. For you the amber buyer, that really raises the price of what usable pieces you get.
A Solution For The Jewelry Maker
Mining Amber in Poland has for some time been illegal. In spite of that, small operators have been mining amber in the forests. They supply a significant amount of high quality amber such as the amber that you see above.
These illegal operations have been their own worst enemies. Where they have opened their illegal dredging operations they have left a mess. The Polish Government is now making a concerted effort to shut all these illegal operations down.
Since we have no interest in participating in any activity that destroys the forests, we are no longer dealing in Polish Amber. We are taking a different path to supply our customers with quality product.
Most amber in Poland comes from the Kaliningrad. Unfortunately, the consistency and quality of the amber coming from Kaliningrad leaves a lot to be desired.
Looking at the situation practically, most jewelers clarify raw amber that they buy. So we are now offering clarified Baltic Amber stones that are ready to be used to make jewelry. Below are pictures of some such stones.
If you will be using the raw amber to make jewelry, these clarified stones will provide you consistent quality. Additionally, they will relieve you of the effort to either roast or autoclave your amber.
This amber is genuine Baltic Amber. It is used widely by jewelers in Poland.
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