Here I shall try to explain the somewhat complicated issues around Baltic Amber and its counterfeits.
Baltic Amber is classed as a gemstone and as such there has been and are many many attempts to fake it. This is not a modern occurrence, faking Amber goes back hundreds of years! Fakes such as glass and plastics are easy to distinguish, more natural fakes such as copal can be harder to discover. As such all our Baltic Amber is sourced from reputable dealers and always in its raw (unworked) form.
Through the working of the Amber in our workshop we know that it is genuine due to the texture, smell, look and the way it acts while we work it.
Another counterfeit Amber is pressed Amber. This is not counterfeit in the literal sense, it’s processed (modified) and as such this type of Baltic Amber is surprisingly abundant! You can probably find it in most high street jewellery shops.
It is produced by using lots and lots of tiny chips of Baltic Amber, these are then taken and heated to a high temperature which makes the Amber soft (melt) this is then pressed under very high pressures. This process means that the makers can create hundreds and hundreds of tiny imperfections in a single piece of Amber which makes it sparkle and shimmer and give the impression of having inclusions.
We will post further information on this topic in future blogs. In the mean time please feel free to contact us if you need any advice of further information.