Examples of imitation amber and how to avoid buying it.
Buyers spend many millions of dollars per year being misled into buying imitation amber.
In some cases what they buy may be amber, but it is an imitation only in the sense that it is not genuine Baltic Amber.
And then, of course, there are outright imitations in the form of polystyrene resins and other synthetics.
Below is a series of pictures showing imitation amber. Note the beauty and workmanship.
These pictures are of amber collected by the Amber Laboratory, the testing arm for the International Amber Association, Gdansk Poland.
The amount of imitation amber on the market is astounding. And it looks more like amber as the technology used to make it advances.
The market for imitation amber is huge. Why? Because people buy it. They just do not know. Just as millions have been defrauded, it can happen to you.
If you are interested in protecting yourself from Amber imitations, read the Amber Buyers Guide.
And here is a video that should interest you.