Often our customers ask us how to determine the authenticity of amber at home on their own.
After all, nobody want to damage the newly purchased product just to be sure.
Well, there are quite a few simple ways to test amber and gain confidence in its authenticity. At the same time there is absolutely no need for tools and special reagents.
The most exciting test is the salt water test.
Natural amber sink in fresh water, but if you add salt there, amber will float to the surface.
This is explained by the fact that its average density is equal to 1.08-1.12 g / cm3. And the maximum density of a salt solution of water is 1,1972 g / cm3. These are very similar indicators.
ATTENTION! A test with the emergence of amber in salt water is impossible, if amber is fixed in metal or decorated with heavy decorative elements from other materials.
The next way to check the authenticity of amber is to simply rub it on natural wool. Amber is electrified with friction and will begin to attract villi and small particles.
And one more way to understand that you have amber is to smell it. If you warm it in your hands for a long time, you can feel the fragrance of coniferous trees lightly.
Sometimes, depending on the type and age of amber, the smell may resemble lime or lemon. But always the amber flavor will be subtle, very weak and will never be strong!
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