Are you buying true amber?
How to know it’s True Amber
While many try to replicate amber’s properties and purity, there is nothing like the real thing. Imitation amber is often copal, plastics and resins that look and feel like the real deal. But the therapeutic and energetic benefits of real amber resin are second to none. So how do you know if you’ve bought genuine amber? We've got some tips to help you make the best and purest selection.
1. Buy from a trusted source
If you're buying from a trusted source of amber, then you can probably rest assured that your supplier is testing for the purity of the amber.
Vivo Valeo has done hands-on research; flying to the Baltic, meeting our exclusive supplier and ensuring that Vivo Valeo Amber is of the highest quality and integrity.
2. Rub it vigorously
If you rub amber fast enough, you will feel the heat and possibly see some sparks. This is a sign of true amber. Try using a white cloth to absorb a slight amber scent. If the cloth becomes sticky, it’s a sign of imitation amber— likely another type of natural resin.
3. Immerse in saltwater
Stir ¼ cup of salt into 2 cups of water and let the solution sit for 30 minutes. Then place the amber in the saltwater. If it floats, it's real. If it sinks, it's probably a fake.
4. Stick a hot needle in it
Heat the tip of the needle and gently press it into the amber. You can do this on a very small piece. Real amber will have an older, pungent tree odour, while a younger resin will have a fresh pine-type smell. If it contains synthetics, it may have a plastic odour.
If you’re in a store, you might not have the opportunity to perform these simple tests, but you can ask your supplier how they’ve ensured their amber is true.
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