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Amber

Amber is nature’s time capsule. This fossilized tree resin contains remnants of life on earth millions of years ago.

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Insect Inclusion

This 93.87-gram piece contains a perfectly preserved cricket. It’s from GIA’s collection.

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Free Form

Amber pieces with inclusions are typically polished as free-form cabs.

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Distinctive Luster

Amber is soft and displays resinous to vitreous polish luster.

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Alaskan Beauty

This 8x6x4 cm chunk of Alaskan rough weighs 118.3 grams.

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Trapped in Time

This piece contains numerous insect inclusions, including a mosquito.

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Inclusions Add Value

Pieces with interesting inclusions fetch higher prices than those without.

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Detail of the reconstructed Amber Room
The History and Reconstruction of the Amber Room

Chronicles the history of this cultural landmark, originally assembled for the Prussian king between 1701 and 1714, and its reconstruction by the Soviet Union starting in 1979.

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Amber and plastic reactions to illumination.
Plastic Amber Imitation in a Rosary

Examination reveals both amber and Bakelite plastic beads in a rosary submitted for identification.

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Tropidogyne flower in amber
Inclusions in Burmese Amber

Examples of Burmese amber specimens with well-preserved inclusions that have become available in recent years.

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Steam-dyed “chicken-fat yellow beeswax” amber.
Steam-Dyed Amber

Testing identifies a new treatment method as the cause of color in beeswax amber.

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18K yellow gold elephant pendant/brooch
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Good Luck Charms

Gems and jewelry are often used as good luck charms because they can evoke power and positivity. Check out these lucky charms used around the world.

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34th International Gemmological Conference

A report from the 34th IGC, held in Vilnius, Lithuania in August 2015.

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Tips on Caring for Jewelry

Follow these tips to keep your jewelry treasures safe and looking their best.

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Amber showing mite inclusion under shadowed transmitted and fiber-optic illumination.
Amber with Mite Inclusion

An unusual mite is preserved in a 30-million-year old amber specimen.

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Blue amber beads from the Dominican Republic
Color Phenomena of Blue Amber

Investigates the presence of fluorescence, rather than iridescence, as the cause of color in blue amber from the Dominican Republic and Indonesia.

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Four types of heated Baltic amber
Experimental Studies on the Heat Treatment of Baltic Amber

Amber samples were heat-treated, using various procedures and parameters, in an effort to reproduce materials found in the jewelry market.

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