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How to Tell Natural Amber from Fake Ones

How to Tell Natural Amber from Fake Ones


Amber raw materials are very precious. If there is amber whose price is much lower than the market price, it is likely to be imitations. Amber collectors hear most the purple graph, or rather, when shining the amber with UV flashlight, you can see fluorescent graph. This way is aimed to tell whether the amber is real. So, to the natural amber lovers, how to tell the whether the amber is real? Here is a list of methods to refer.


Tips to Tell Whether the Amber is Natural


1. Sound comparison: when rub natural amber in hand, you can hear a soft and low voice; if it is not natural amber, the sound is crisp.


2. Brine flotation: Mix water and salt on the proportion of 4: 1, then drop the amber to the water. If it floats, it is real; or it is fake.


3. Fragrance: rub the amber in hand till it becomes hot, if there is resin fragrance, it is natural. This is the exclusive characteristic of natural amber, which is known be most collectors. If it is man-made, people can hardly smell any fragrance.


4. The UV detection: put the natural amber under UV flashlight, fluorescent will appear; or no fluorescent if it is fake amber.


5. Rubbing method: After rubbed to the cloth, the natural amber can suck small pieces of paper; while the fake one cannot.


6. Eye observation: natural amber’s texture, color, transparency, etc. will change with the illumination and viewing angle. This feature is exclusive to natural amber. The man-made amber does not have this feature.


7. Feel Comparison : touch the amber with your hand, if it is not too cold or too hot, it is real; or it is fake for the imitate ones (glass-made) feel cold.

8. Magnifying observation method: Observe the bubbles inside the amber with a magnifying glass; if it is natural amber, most bubbles are round.


In the current market, most materials of amber and amber products are from the Baltic region, among which, Lithuania, Poland, and Russia output most materials, and their amber materials are most famous.