Featured Just bought this. Amber fossils or Lucite? Embedded bees.

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by Michelle Collins, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. Michelle Collins

    Michelle Collins Well-Known Member

    I just bought this and am curious, did they actually put bees in Lucite? I hope they didn't do that. I figured either it is Amber or I will finally feel some Lucite. Spent $18.00 for it. s-l1600 (1).jpg
  2. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

    Is the display hand yours or the ad you purchased from? The hand might be lucite.
  3. Michelle Collins

    Michelle Collins Well-Known Member

    It is from the seller. Good to know. Thank you!
  4. bluumz

    bluumz Well-Known Member

    I've seen jewelry made with bees cast in resin that look like this.
    Wait for amber expert opinions, though!
  5. bluumz

    bluumz Well-Known Member

  6. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Insects are only occasionally found in amber. About 99% of insects in amber and amber lookalikes are put there by fakers. Imo your bracelet is a fake, sorry.
    The poor insects could have been trapped in lucite, I don't know if that is one of the materials fakers use, they use so many. I prefer to steer well clear of that kind of thing.

    Here is an article on some of the fakes:
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  7. Michelle Collins

    Michelle Collins Well-Known Member

    I know watched, or read that you can tell Amber by the smell. So I will probably have to wait until it gets here. Hopefully fast, and hopefully a day my husband isn't home. LMAO
  8. Michelle Collins

    Michelle Collins Well-Known Member

    Next time I buy I will come here. I feel bad for the bees. Was hoping if it was Lucite the bees were already dead. But from the looks of it they just do it while they are still alive.
  9. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Do you have a black light? I bought a little flashlight on Amazon for cheap. You can go into a dark place like your closet (you can take your husband :) if you want) and amber will fluoresce under black light. You can see examples on youtube or the web of what it is supposed to look like.
  10. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

  11. Michelle Collins

    Michelle Collins Well-Known Member

    It was advertised as Lucite. I was searching
    Yes I do. And I will take my husband. Sounds like fun ;)
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  12. Michelle Collins

    Michelle Collins Well-Known Member

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  13. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    This makes me very sad for the poor bees :(
  14. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member

    Sad.......... If that were true amber with insects in it you wouldn't be touching it for 18$
  15. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Any time you see things on stretchy string. Think twice. The majority of it is being imported.
    And is usually, not always, low quality.
    Just be aware.

    I think this is resin and not Lucite.
    And we are back to what we think Lucite is.
  16. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    It is very sad for the bees, but nothing to be done now!

    Not the first time resin-encased bugs (or taxidermy animals) have been on the forum.

    When I was a kid, we collected living shells by the literal bucket-load. Took 'em home and boiled 'em up, just so we could have the pretty shells.

    We are quite the horror show.

    But we live and learn. Now I fish all manner of insects, arachnids, and reptiles out of my swimming pool because I can't stand their struggles.
  17. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    Technically, most (if not all) plastics are resins.

    Though we are now well past the end of my actual knowledge and I'm just babbling as if I know.

    It would probably be best to ask @KSW to submit a query to her chemist dad on this topic. :bucktooth::hilarious:
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  18. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Be careful what you wish for!
    I can do but won't be responsible for boring everyone out of the forum. I will ask for an abridged version of what is Lucite, Perspex, resin and 'normal' plastic when I next see him. He will be delighted to think I am interested :hilarious:
  19. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    I am stupidly excited about this. :joyful:
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  20. stolenchyld

    stolenchyld Member

    I have the same exact bracelet. I had my husband (boyfriend at the time) purchase it for me when we were on a trip to a little Greek Island 18 years ago. I remember he paid way, way too much and we were completely duped. I've always felt so bad about that purchase (both for the cost and the bees) so I put it away and never took it out again. I think I might find a bee organization to donate to now that I've been reminded!
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