How to distinguish the real amber from a fake

How to distinguish the real amber from a fake

Amber – one of the most ancient jewels used by the person enjoys invariable popularity not one thousand years. Very often on counters of shops it is possible to meet its imitations and skillful fakes. The most reliable way of check of a stone on naturalness is the infrared spectroscopy. Simple consumers need only to use "national" methods.

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Drip on a stone a drop of acetone or alcohol. If on a surface there is a spot or it will become sticky, so before you dug – "young" not resistant amber which can be extracted from pitch of modern trees. Do not hold acetone on a stone more than three seconds that amber did not dim from long influence with chemistry.

Set fire to an amber crumb or shaving. You have to feel a pleasant smell, something like aroma of a church incense. The artificial analog of amber will exhale the smell of fake rubber which is followed by a dark smoke. Carry out not sharp knife on a stone surface. From the natural the small crumb, and from imitation – the twirled shaving posyptsya.

Pour a glass of water, add to it 3 tablespoons of salt and lower an amber slice on a bottom. The natural stone has to emerge on a surface. Do not forget to wash out after that a stone water that on it the salt crust was not formed.

Rub a stone to transfer it a negative charge. If in such state he does not show even insignificant electrization, so you hold a fake in hand.

Place amber under ultraviolet rays. Under their influence the natural stone will gleam in the bluish color. Milky-white color distinguishes such artificial stones as ambroid and dug. Synthetic imitations will have any other shade.

Consider inklyuziya (inclusion) which are present at a stone special attention having paid on the insect who stiffened in it. Wings of prehistoric bugs and flies have to be opened that is a fight sign for life of the ancient insects who got stuck in pitch. At production of fakes in a stone place already dead insects, filling in them with plastic.

Pay attention by sight of an insect: having even very superficial knowledge in entomology, it is possible to define such which could not get in a stone in connection with improper age, a habitat and appearance.