Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Test for Fake Amber?
Sadly the market has been flooded with fake amber. Amber jewellery is easy to fake using plastic or copal (immature amber).
We only sell genuine certified amber from a supplier we have been using for years. Certificates are also available to view on request.
The first indicator of a possible fake is the price. Real amber is not cheap and is getting more difficult to find.
There are a number of tests you can perform to check if your amber products are real.
The Rubbing Test
This is the simplest and safest test. Wrap the necklace in a soft cloth and rub rub rub – if it’s true amber it will become electrostatically charged enough to pick up small pieces of paper. Copal will not take on an electrostatic charge and may become sticky.
The Alcohol Test
Both copal and plastic will deteriorate when they come into contact with a solvent. “Plastics are quickly attacked by alcohol (95% ethyl alcohol), acetone (100%), and ether. A few drops of acetone (fingernail polish remover) or alcohol dripped over the surface of the piece will reveal if it holds up to the solvent. If the surface becomes tacky, it’s not amber. Amber will not feel tacky or dissolve under these solvents.”
What happens when they break if pulled?
With the proper care, this beautiful amber will last a life time and can be passed through the generations
We at Love Amber x have had our amber jewellery independently tested in the UK by an accredited laboratory.
Our amber jewellery has been tested for chemicals and heavy metals, and passes EN71-3:2013 (Safety test for chemicals and heavy metals).
Our necklaces and anklets are not toys and are not sold with the intention of being used as toys.
EU Toy safety regulations EN-71-1 states necklaces and anklets are not suitable to use as toys for children under 36 months.
My Item is faulty, what do you I do?
If you receive a faulty item or the clasp releases too soon please contact us to arrange an exchange.
We always replace faulty or broken items and have a 365 day return policy. Visit our Returns page here