Featured That huge amber chip necklace

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by charlie cheswick, Apr 22, 2024.

  1. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    Hi folks

    decided to get some shots of the necklace just to get some info about it.
    im presuming not too valuable as the amber is in rough form

    not professionally made, just strung on a piece of cat gut

    its mighty large though, and soo enjoying wearing it. looks great with an open shirt

    looks like a mix of different types of amber

    weighs 138 grams !!

    any thoughts or info appreciated

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  2. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    I'd wonder about it being a souvenir piece.
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  3. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    It looks like amber to me, and probably Baltic amber. It is nicer than most chip necklaces, because it has those butterscotch and egg yolk amber chips at regular intervals.

    But you can test for copal. The easiest and safest test is UV light. Copal usually doesn't fluoresce, but if it does, it fluoresces white.
    So no reaction or white = copal.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2024
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  5. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Local use, souvenir, export, the necklaces are the same.
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  6. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    thanks aj, sorry i should have worded that better, mine is defo amber, didn't even need to use a torch on it

    its all those big cheap ebay ones that im wondering if they are copal or something else

    they gotta be surely to sell so cheap


    they seem to be selling like hot cakes as well !!
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  7. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    I believe those chip necklaces are basically by products and also “rejects” of stones too small to go in other pieces. They’re often sold on nylon thread to be used for crafting, same as garnet and other chips. I agree with aj, this is nicer than most.
  8. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    No, as obb said, stone chips are by-products. Stone chip necklaces are waste-not, want-not necklaces.;) Not great sellers either.:(
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