False Amber

About false amber represented as Baltic Amber.

Amber is found in many places around the world. Each amber has characteristics specific to the region in which it is found.

Baltic Amber is a class IA Amber distinguished by its succinic acid content of 3 to 8% – the highest concentration found in any class of amber.

Copal, an immature Amber that has not completed the transformation process, is often falsely sold as Baltic Amber.

Other false amber, such as that made from polystyrene resin is better described as imitation amber. It is false in the sense that it is represented as Baltic Amber.

The pictures below show false and imitation amber which we will loosely term as false amber.


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Note how well-made are the amber imitations. As amber imitation technology advances, the resemblance to genuine Baltic Amber improves. It is now at the point that it is sometimes not possible to distinguish false amber from genuine amber.

The first step in protecting yourself from false amber is to know your supplier.

You should also have more than a basic knowledge of amber and where to buy it safely.

To learn more about amber and where to buy it safely, read the Amber Buyers Guide.

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