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Identifying true amber (Succinite)

When examining a specimen you should try at least 3 of the following methods detailed here. If the item in question fails any one of the tests, it could well mean the piece is not true amber.

The gemstone amber

Amber is fossil tree resin that has achieved a stable state through loss of volatile constituents and chemical change after burial in the ground.

Amber in folk culture

This article deals with the problem of the multifunctional role of amber jewellery in the traditional culture of villages in the regions of Pomerania, Kashubia, Kurpie and Kujawy at the turn of the...

Amber in ancient Egypt

Following the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, which brought to light some objects containing elements made of a brown brittle material, as well as a quantity of powdered red substance...

The ancient allure of amber

Stone Age peoples were no doubt captivated by amber's smoothness, warm color and feel, translucence, and resinous fragrance when burned, as well as by the curious insects trapped within it and its...