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Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by Shelley Lawson, Jul 30, 2020.

  1. I accidentally purchased this amazing necklace and I know zero, nada, zilch about amber. It's pretty large and has all kinds of little floating sea urchin looking things inside. Can someone please school me in it's origin and possible value...since I have to eventually explain this accident to my husband.

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  2. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    I "accidentally purchase" expensive trinkets too. Hate when that happens.

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  3. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    The amber has been heat-treated, but that's all I've got. It's not horribly old. With no marks I'm not sure where it came from. Are there any inside the bail? Sometimes makers hide them.
  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    It is pressed reconstructed amber. So originally several pieces of genuine amber, heated and pressed together.
    The little floating sea urchin looking things are small pockets of air trapped in the amber. That can occur naturally, but when there are this many it is a sign of pressed amber. The visual effect is sometimes called spangling, because they reflect the light like spangles.
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  5. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

    50F65A0A-695E-402F-ACE1-52B031895789.jpeg Looks to be marked 925, so sterling.
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  6. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Yes, the silver looks like sterling too.
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