Amber Gemstone Beads – History
Amber, which is basically found in the form of a fossil particularly a tree resin and has been classified under five specific categories on the basis of the chemical components found in quality and quantity. It has been named on the basis of source and constituents, for example amber fossils found in New Zealand coal mines are referred to as 'Ambrite' otherwise it is usually called 'Resinite'.
Amber increases in value with the rarity and perfection of the entrapped object. Complete insect specimens are rare though and command top price.
Copal, is also a tree resin but it hasn't fully fossilized to amber. It is usually only thousands of years old, instead of millions of years. There is strong debate about some deposits of African amber as to whether it is copal or true amber.
Often impurities are found within the substance hence making the material usable only for varnishes, thus the amber which isn't pure is known as 'firrness'. Blue Amber is when pyrites mixed with resin are formed. Bony Amber is another sort which contains bubbles within its concentration which gives it an opaque translucence.
The most common color for Amber gemstone beads is deep yellow to dark red, green and most infrequent blue amber which is also known as Dominique Amber. Baltic Amber is another category which is common amongst the finds. Amber can also be artificially produced hence to know the difference between natural and manmade; make a saturated solution of salt and water. Once you find the amber floating, it isn't natural otherwise it is amber in case it floats though sometimes 'copals' are found to be dense.
People are having religious values for amber stone and because of such reason many firms are developing duplicate amber stone to cheat people. If you are not aware how this stone looks like then first thing you need to check is quality. Amber stone is soft compared to other duplicate stones. Once you increase the stone value your jewelry will get more elegant looks. Amber Beads are best in appearance and available in silver and gold trinkets. There are plenty of colors in amber stone but the most demanding color is blue.
Although amber is found along the shores of a large part of the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, the great amber-producing country is the promontory of Sambia, now part of Russia. Pieces of amber torn from the sea-floor are cast up by the waves, and collected at ebb-tide. Sometimes the searchers wade into the sea, furnished with nets at the end of long poles, by means of which they drag in the sea-weed containing entangled masses of amber; or they dredge from boats in shallow water and rake up amber from between the boulders. Divers have been employed to collect amber from the deeper waters.