So far we’ve learned that some people are using epoxy resin for these reasons:

  • To mask and hide various cracks and openings in natural amber
  • To grow an amber stone bigger, that is to say, make a piece thicker and heavier
  • To manually attach inclusions to the stone
  • To create other manipulations (maybe including shapes, colors, etc.)

healed amber with epoxy resin 1

In conclusion, all these little explanations lead us to the only reason, why these people are choosing to use epoxy resin. That is, to make their clients happy with “high-quality”, “natural”, “cheap” amber, and to make maximum amount (and even more) profit from their fake amber jewelry.  

If you don’t want to wear some chemicals surrounded amber on your neck, your hand, ears or finger, we can only suggest you to check your amber jewelry’s quality and originality at the institute of gemology with the method of spectrum analysis.

The scientists would be picking a small amount of the amber and then they would get information, how many of it is real amber, how many, and what type of chemicals were applied to it. 

But, have in mind, that if the necklace which you are checking, is from many different beads (remember the necklace we showed you in Part 1), some beads might have been healed with epoxy resin, and some not. Maybe the touch of this material was very delicate, only to the small cracks which now are completely indistinguishable. 

This method is not cheap, quick, or 100% reliable. So we are getting back to the start. 

healed amber with epoxy resin 2

Be conscious when choosing your favorite amber jewelry shop or manufacturer. Have in mind, the current situation in the world with the raw material, salaries rise, etc., and think clearly, whether the price you are getting is too good to be true? 

Take responsibility for your actions, listen to your inner voice. 

* Important! Our company, Amber by Torvela, is categorically against any unconscientious adjustments and manipulations when producing amber jewelry. We do not use any glue, lacquer, dye, epoxy resin, plastic or any other chemical materials in our amber jewelry. 

 

By Egle Didikaitė | Categories: Epoxy Resin Amber Healing,

As you have probably made a conclusion, this special epoxy resin is a good trick that some of the manufacturers might be using to sell you “very high quality”, yet “too good to be true” priced goods. 

Sometimes, judging by the amber product’s price, you can tell if it is 100% genuine, or healed with some chemicals. 

However, if you spot amber with a spectacular insect inside - the price might be adequately fair, but the inclusion inside might be actually put inside the amber manually, by the manufacturer. 

To make it more clear, when using epoxy resin, it is possible not only to fix the cracks, fill the holes, but also add some insects from the windowsill into the amber. 

Like we did with this product:

before:

before

after applying epoxy resin:

after

Imagine, how many different manipulations a creative person can make to his amber jewelry, in order to make more money and save, steal or gain new clients, who day-to-day are asking for the highest quality, and lower-priced goods.  

If you are buying your amber jewelry from various shops, various sellers, various manufacturers, and now feel lost, afraid to might have been deceived, then look forward to Part 4, where we share our knowledge, how to detect the originality and nature of your amber jewelry. 

* Important! Our company, Amber by Torvela, is categorically against any unconscientious adjustments and manipulations when producing amber jewelry. We do not use any glue, lacquer, dye, epoxy resin, plastic or any other chemical materials in our amber jewelry. 

 

By Egle Didikaitė | Categories: Epoxy Resin Amber Healing,

In our previous article, we’ve written about a special Epoxy Resin that makes “magic” to imperfect amber beads. 

We stressed the fact that by just looking at the product, you cannot determine if it was fixed with epoxy resin, or if it is a completely natural and genuine amber piece. 

amber ring

Here is one more sample, that we have made. A ring before had a clearly visible crack. But after gently applying some of the epoxy resin, the crack was filled and seemed just like a natural, darker shade of amber at that spot. 

After reading all of this information, you probably had an idea, that you would check your amber jewelry over the ultraviolet lamp (UV lamp) and that would be the best way to examine if the product was healed with the epoxy resin or not. 

Well…

Unfortunately, but this epoxy resin shines the same as natural amber in the ultraviolet amber. You can’t even distinguish the border, where amber ends, and where the epoxy resin starts. 

Having in mind this fact, it’s about time we say how important it is to choose a reliable, honest, and fair amber jewelry seller or a supplier (if you are a wholesaler who owns the shop). 

Also, there is one way, how, theoretically, you can check if amber jewelry was healed. However, it’s not the cheapest, easiest or quickest.

We will share it with you in later parts of this topic. Stay tuned. 

* Important! Our company, Amber by Torvela, is categorically against any unconscientious adjustments and manipulations when producing amber jewelry. We do not use any glue, lacquer, dye, epoxy resin, plastic or any other chemical materials in our amber jewelry. 

By Egle Didikaitė | Categories: Epoxy Resin Amber Healing,

Nowadays, when amber jewelry’s demand is very high, and when the high-quality raw material consists maximum 7-10% (depending on the mining place), yet many consumers insist on having their amber jewelry made cheap, beautiful, and with no imperfections, many manufacturers are trying to comply with their clients' wishes. 

And so they start fixing amber. Some of them are using lacquer, some are making very high-quality pressed amber, and some are using a special epoxy resin, about which we are going to talk today. 

With no further introductions, we would like to present to you a little amber piece, which is completely natural. It has many cracks, many imperfections, even holes, which formed in nature.

real amber 1

real amber 2

We’ve made an experiment, in order to show you, how this special epoxy resin works. So why are we stressing the importance of this material so much? Take a look yourselves.

with epoxy resin 1

epoxy resin amber 2

This is the same amber piece, only covered with a special epoxy resin and then polished. As you can see, the surface of this piece is completely perfect, with no cracks, no holes. If you are determined, that you would be able to detect this unconscientious adjustment, then take a look at this necklace

epoxy resin amber piece in the necklace

The bead which is in the red circle is the same bead. Its surface was roughened, made into “frosted” style. Now you might agree, that it is impossible to distinguish this “healed” amber piece from other, 100% natural amber beads, once it is in the necklace.

Read more about this special epoxy resin in soon-to-be-published Part 2. 

* Important! Our company, Amber by Torvela, is categorically against any unconscientious adjustments and manipulations when producing amber jewelry. We do not use any glue, lacquer, dye, epoxy resin, plastic or any other chemical materials in our amber jewelry. 

By Egle Didikaitė | Categories: Epoxy Resin Amber Healing,

Did you notice that the autumn is halfway through?
That's why we want to inspire you and share some fall ideas on how to match your outfit with our gorgeous amber jewelry!

cognac amber outfitJewelry made from beautiful cognac color amber is always eye-catching and unforgettable.
You can match it with the autumn‘s colors clothes or even flower print items as in the picture.
Long boots and a comfortable bag make it a perfect combination.

white amber outfit

For dark colors admirer who wants some jewelry to accent their best features, white amber jewelry is a perfect idea!
These amber stones will make you feel brighter on a rainy day and boost your confidence to the next level.  

dark cherry amber outfit

Ah, that royal red color is really fascinating.
With these cherry amber jewelry pieces, you will always look luxurious and make an extraordinary impression!
This mystical color perfectly matches all nude shades outfits and emphasizes your exclusive taste in fashion. 

 

Take a look at our amber collection, we hope you'll find something to match your style!

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By Egle Didikaitė | Categories: Outfits With Amber Jewelry,

This natural resin is really amazing because it comes in many different shades. Until today there are more than 250 different shades but not all of them are identified. You can find it from yellow to orange or even white and green.

mix color amber necklace

Below we will introduce you with some of main amber colors--

Natural or White Amber

White Amber is the rarest and expensive color of all. You can know this color as butterscotch Amber too. It‘s characterized by its milky white to yellow shade. This amber is also referred to as Royal, Antique, Yolk Amber or just White or Yellow Amber. Since this color of amber is very expensive, other manufacturers sometimes falsificate this kind of amber by gluing amber dust into bigger amber stones. This kind of amber is called pressed amber and it has no valuable properties.

white amber necklace

Cognac Amber

The most popular color of Baltic amber is the cognac shade. It is a natural color, which was the dominant raw material from other minerals. Today cognac color is obtained during the heating process of gas, and then rapid cooling. How light or dark orange color of Amber depends on the number of gas bubbles found in the stone. The more bubbles are in stone the lighter color will be. It’s not surprising that this beautiful amber color is also called honey. Because of its light transmission, most of the classic jewelry is made from it.

Cognac amber pendant

Green Amber

Green Amber is very popular among stylish and trends following people. Jewelry made of this amber color is very fashionable and avant-garde. It‘s interesting that some time ago there were people who believed that green Amber color has the capacity to bring immortality and good luck.

green amber necklace

Red Amber

This color is also named cherry. Red/ cherry color is developed by exposing amber to very high temperatures. The color is obtained by heating cognac amber color like in the oven, and then amber piece covers up like a bread crust. Thus, this dark color is just on the surface, inside it is clear. This amber color is also named as royal, maybe because in ancient times it was worn just by rich people, not all could afford it.

Red amber necklace

Black Amber

This type of resin is the most usual. When forming, this color of amber was mixed up with the remains of the bark, leaf litter mass and tiny bits of soil. Sometimes in this kind of amber stones can be only 10-15% of resin and other could be just impurities, that‘s why this amber color is the cheapest.

Black amber pendant

Lemon/Transparent Amber

Just about 10% of amber is transparent and mostly found in small pieces. This color is so clear because resin was flowing in a shady place. The volatile components of resin evaporated slowly and did not make the resin turbid with gas bubbles, so the amber remained transparent. Because of the color transparency and freshness, this type of amber jewelry is the most popular to wear in the Summer.

Lemon amber pendant

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By Egle Didikaitė | Categories: About Baltic Amber,

Wow, what a marathon of autumn‘s exhibitions just passed!

We are finally back home and very happy that we were a part of huge jewelry and gemstone‘s exhibitions in Italy, Hong Kong, and Poland.

amber by torvela booth

We hope to see you in future events and surprise you with our new ideas and designs.

However, if you were unable to meet us there, you can always visit our online shop or if you want to make a custom order, please contact us via email at amber@torvela.com.

It's our pleasure to communicate with you and to suggest you the best amber jewerly.

amber by torvela booth 2

 

 

By Egle Didikaitė | Categories: News,

People believe that amber is a symbol of happiness and health. It has long been used in folk medicine for its purported healing properties. Gold or orange amber has a magical power to heal or clean the body, mind and spirit.

Amber pendant golden

Amber is an exceptional stone for discharging negative moods, relieving anxiety, or deflecting energy from others. It warms the more it is touched and generates a positive, uplifting current of energy. 

White amber earrings

This beautiful stone is a natural purifier, esteemed for its ability to draw pain and disease from the physical body by absorbing negative or stagnant energies and transforming them into clear, positive energy.

Cognac color amber necklace

It eases stress by clearing phobias and fears, and it is a lovely warm stone to wear.  Nature’s healing wisdom is locked within Baltic Amber, so make wearing it in the form of jewelry as a beautiful part of your daily wellness practice.

 Wow amber necklace

Information source.

By Egle Didikaitė | Categories: About Baltic Amber,

As you know amber is not a gemstone or a mineral.

It’s the hardened resin of certain trees fossilized over long periods of time.

Occasionally, resin running down a tree trapped small insects and preserved them for the ages. 

Amber with insects 1

Can you believe that more than half of the inclusions found in amber are flies, ants, beetles, spiders, termites, bees, wasps, cockroaches or even lizards and frogs?

Skin, scales, fur and feathers are just some of the incredibly detailed features found in amber.

Because of these insects trapped in amber has helped paleontologists to reconstruct life on earth and identify more than 1000 extinct species of insects.

Isn’t it amazing?

Amber with insects 2

Amber jewelry that has insects inside is the most unique and rare.

When you buy amber with insects, you can be sure that no one will ever have a similar piece like yours.

What nature has done once, no one can replicate it.

Amber with insects 3

Explore our natural amber jewelry with insects here. 

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By Egle Didikaitė | Categories: About Baltic Amber,

If you are into mystical and magical things - you will like this article. Needless to say, you will be able to see amber in another light.

There is no doubt, that amber has some healing abilities, but who knew it has also some powers we might do not really understand, even though it affects us.

There exists a lot of folklore around the powers of amber through the ages, some of them contained powerful magic to ward off witches, evil forces and other witchcraft.

In astrology, amber is classified as a gemstone for several different signs of the Zodiac for its strength and energy. This is a happy part for both Cancer and Taurus, cause amber helps these signs the most.

It is Cancer’s birthstone and it's been thought to reflect the energy of the sunniest and warmest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere where it is found.

You might also see amber listed as a birthstone for the astrological sign of Taurus. It fits and aligns with this sign appropriately for the nature lover in the scope of its own earthy origins. The orange-gold colors in Amber are supposed to stabilize higher energies in the physical body and therefore influence Taurus by calming them and offering protection and balance.

Information sources: a, b, c
By Egle Didikaitė | Categories: About Baltic Amber,