How To Identify Genuine Baltic Amber Products

Baltic amber is prized for its beautiful appearance or opaque or translucent orange or yellow tones. It also has medicinal properties which have led it to be used for a whole range of purposes over the centuries, including to make teething necklaces for babies. But how can you tell if a product is the real deal or a fake?

There are a few signs to look out for. It’s important to know the difference between imitation and genuine amber, not just so that you know you are paying a fair price for it, but also so you can be confident it will have the natural healing powers of raw amber. 

Authentic Baltic amber contains succinic acid, which rises to the surface and has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. This is why it is used to make necklaces that can be worn by babies who are suffering the discomfort of teething. The amber is gently warmed by the baby’s skin, and the succinic acid is absorbed into the bloodstream.

This can have a calming effect on a fretful baby who may be struggling to sleep through the night because of sore and inflamed gums. It also provides respite for parents or carers who are having broken nights and suffering from exhaustion and frazzled concentration levels during the day. 

However, if you are considering buying this product you will want to know that it is effective, durable, and safe to use, with no artificial chemicals added. An important point to note is the difference between genuine Baltic amber and other kinds of amber or even fake amber products.

The first step is to obviously check the product description as it may simply be labelled ‘manmade.’ This means that it is created from other materials such as glass, copal, celluloid, casein, or plastics such as polyester or polystyrene. The item may strongly resemble the real thing in appearance and texture, but there are some tests that may help to identify it.

Genuine raw Baltic amber will release a subtle woody fragrance when it is heated. It also has a slight fragility under high temperatures and may crack under pressure from a hot needle. The amber may also deepen in colour and become more translucent under heat.

Amber is the fossilised resin of ancient trees and Baltic amber has unique properties that mean it is particularly sought after. It has a translucent quality and may contain traces of organic matter that are still visible. Its colour and clarity can vary according to how old it is, and can change with exposure to direct sunlight. 

The colour can vary from a golden yellow to a dark gold or a brownish orange and it may take on a reddish hue with age. It tends to have a more diverse colour range than amber from other parts of the world, and it has been traditionally used as a talisman and for healing and protection.