Featured Same former owner as coral piece, is this amber?

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by Lucille.b, Nov 21, 2020.

  1. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Another piece with a question. Obviously the back of this does not have it's original clasp. Someone put an inexpensive replacement clasp.

    But here to ask about the front. Does this look like amber?

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  2. Houseful

    Houseful Well-Known Member

    Looks like Amber to me:)
  3. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    To me too. Have you tried checking with UV light?
  4. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    I've never tried that test. I think I have a giant black light believe it or not. Not hand held. Would that work?
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  5. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Thirded. ANd yes, it would work.
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  6. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Ah, the suspense...........:nailbiting:
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  7. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    This is my first time doing using the black light for a amber test so bear with me.

    NOTE TO EVERYONE: DH works with optics and when he saw me using a UV light he reminded me, don't look at the light. He even made me wear sunglasses during the test. It is the field he works in so followed his advice.

    So for anyone doing a test like this, try not to look at the light.

    As for the photos, the item itself when I was photographing, did not really look like it was fluorescing, but in the photos it sort of does. What do you think?

    The photo above had some light in the room, for this last one I went in near complete dark. Amazing I didn't knock a bunch of stuff over, I was wearing sunglasses. What do you think?
  8. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    From what I have observed, experimenting with my UV flashlight (always pointed away from me & the cats), aiming it at a wide variety of materials, almost everything reflects purple light at me, but a few materials seem to suck it up & still look the same color they look in ordinary light. The only things that do this are all natural, organic materials. Your piece doesn't stay the same color, but it doesn't bounce the light back either. From what I've read in other threads over the last several years, this milky greenish color is consistent with ivory. I don't know how to tell pressed amber from a natural nugget but will point out that this piece appears to have an inclusion of some type.
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  9. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    So a strong ..."maybe"?

    Thoughts about this aside from the black light. Probably is 50 years older or better, would think 1970s at the latest. It seems like in that time frame if someone was going to use a material to copy amber they wouldn't put that big gouge in the top of the main stone. That seems more like something that was a natural inclusion.

    Now reading up can learned something about a wool test --could try that, too.

    Temperature on this is warm, nothing like glass. But maybe that would be true for reconstituted as well.

    Keep the thoughts coming. This is new for me. Thanks!
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  10. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    By the wool test, do you mean for static electricity? You could do that for some reassurance. @Any Jewelry is one of our amber experts.
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  11. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Yes, that was the wool test I was thinking of. Would love to hear Any Jewelry's thoughts on this for sure! Thanks!
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  12. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Amber. The opaque reflects a bit differently.
  13. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    100% genuine and natural amber.:) You had me convinced with the first post.:playful:
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  14. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Me too, that "flaw" looked right.
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  15. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Sometimes a flaw means perfection.:joyful:
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  16. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    It does, and that one is simply not fakeable.
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  17. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Corection: Consistent with amber. I had ivory on the brain as one of the materials that seems to absorb the light.
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  18. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Ah, that clarification helps, Bronwen. :)

    I was multi-tasking the other day and somehow combined two sentences out loud, creating a sentence that in the end made no sense. (First time for that. Praying just a Covid-times goof.) I meant to say, "Let's go get the recycling." and said "Let's go get chocolate."

    Back to the amber.

    This is great to hear, thank you Any Jewelry, OBB, Bronwen, KSW, and Houseful. :kiss::):singing:

    It's funny when you have something right in front of you and suddenly have an "aha" moment. This piece was purchased years ago, I'm going through older jewelry to list and hadn't looked at this piece probably in 5 years. I was going to put it in a repair lot due to the back clasp (amber in general is not "on the brain" for me) but suddenly I looked at it differently and found myself asking the question. Probably due to many of the posts on amber here.

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  19. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    :hilarious::hilarious: I've had that brain.
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  20. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    I did that not long ago, Looked at what I thought were glass beads on a goldtone chain. Realised they were citrine on a marked 14 ct gold one!
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