Fake vs Real Amber – Salt Water Test
January 14, 2013
I’ve seen the topic come up lately a lot on facebook and I thought I would put our amber to the test.
One of the simplest ways to test amber for authenticity is the ‘Salt Water Test’
Take 2 cups warm water and add 1/4 cup salt and stir until well dissolved. Place loose amber beads in the salt water solution and if they are real they will float at the top. To compare I also filled a glass with warm water with no salt and tried the amber there, it immediately sank to the bottom.
I was still curious (I love science!) So i took 2 small red plastic Legos and put them in the solution. They behaved opposite to the amber, sinking in the salt water and floating in the regular water.
The downfall to doing this test on your own necklace is that the wet silk string and plastic screw may make it sink a little bit so it works best with loose beads. But you will still be able to notice a dramatic difference between the two even with an intact necklace.
I’m sure there is a lot of fake amber out there, but it’s likely the very expensive pieces that often have insects inside of them that sell for hundreds of dollars in comparison to the tiny beads used for teething necklaces.