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Common Questions Answered

Q: Do I ever have to replace my Baltic Amber?

A: Baltic amber, if cared for, could last forever.  However it is also very old and brittle, and eventually beads will break. 

Over time the surface of the beads can become coated with cosmetic scum and other substances that inhibit their ability.  So if you clean your amber and are careful with it, it should last for years.

Q: Can i wear my Baltic Amber in the shower or the bath?

A: No.  Soaps and other products can leave behind a residue. 

Remove for bathing, showering and applying creams and perfumes.

Q. Does my child need more than 1 anklet or necklace?

A. No, you can wear as many or as little as you like.

Q: What is Fake Amber?

A: There are several materials that can be used as an imitation to amber. None of these will have the benefits which Baltic Amber does

Copal

Copal is often sold as Baltic amber. Copal is a resin (1 thousand to 1 million years old) whereas Genuine Amber would be closer to 40 million years old.

Natural inclusions tend to be fake. Insects are inserted in them that are too big and too perfect.

Copal melts at a low temperature and tends to melt rather than burn.  It still will diffuse the sweet smell of burning resins, just like real Amber, making it difficult to spot.

Glass

Glass is pretty easy to spot, it’s more solid and cold to the touch.  It can not be scratched and is fireproof, whereas real Amber can be scratched and will burn if exposed to flame.

Phenolic Resins

This material is commonly used to produce artificial amber beads. These amber beads tend to have very exact shapes (i.e. oval, faceted), the color is very similar to real amber. However after heating it doesn’t diffuse the smell of pine-tree resins, which is the key characteristic of Genuine Baltic Amber.

Plastic

Modern plastics are used to produce artificial Amber and inclusions that can look very real.  However like in Copal, these inclusions are too big and clearly seen, inserted in the very center of the plastic. After heating, it diffuses the smell of burnt plastic.

Pressed Amber

When small pieces of amber are fused together using high pressure or major heat source, the result is called pressed amber. It is cheap and widely available but it will not perform the same way genuine un pressed amber does.

Pressed Amber will look more like plastic, perfectly round, no air bubbles or imperfections.  However it will burn and smell like real amber, so you have to rely largely on a visual inspection to tell pressed amber from the naturally formed beads. 

Remember we only use genuine Baltic Amber imported directly from Lithuania in the Baltic region, from trusted suppliers.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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