Carefully washing with soap and water, then with just water, should leave a clean specimen ready for this test. Lick the specimen slowly several times, allowing the subtle taste to linger. It should be extremely subtle - real amber has almost no taste at all, leaving at most a very slight, tingly sensation. We think this "taste" may actually be just a touch sensation, not a true response of the taste buds.
Most plastic or other polymer forgeries, on the other hand, carry a distinctly nasty taste that screams, Imitation! Don't be fooled, remembering this simple taste test can save you considerable trouble in your adventures with amber. HOW TO TEST REAL AMBER. It's not really difficult to tell real amber from fake plastic or copal.
You can try just a few simple tests: 1. Copal (immature resin) and plastic fake amber do not hold up to solvents. Take a few drops of acetone (fingernail polish remover) or alcohol and drip it over the surface of your piece.If the surface becomes tacky, or the fluid takes on the honey golden color of the substance, you can bet it's not amber. Amber is not harmed and will not dissolve under these solvents.
It will burn away like incense. Copal will melt, as will plastic. However, the plastic will release a horrible chemical smell upon burning, while copal may release a smell similar to that of amber. Amber smells sweet, piney and pleasant when burnt, the very reason it has been used for centuries as incense.Amber is buoyant in salt water. That's why it is easy for locals on the Baltic Coast to find it washed up on beaches, especially after storm events. The amber gets stirred up from a layer known as blue earth, which is beneath layers of silt and clay on the ocean floor. To do this test, mix about 1 part salt to 2 parts water and dissolve the salt completely. Drop your piece into the mixture.
Plastic and copal will drop out, while amber floats. Return Address: Nina Butler 275 E. Calle Diamante, Tucson, AZ, 85704.
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