The price of baltic amber
What is the price of amber stones? Nowadays many factors influence the pricing of amber - color, weight and shape are some of obvious ones, but amber is also priced according to its age, proportions, quality, and inclusions.
Amber's value differs significantly depending on its color. Yellow tones of amber are pretty common - around 70 percent of all amber. It includes colors from honey yellow to dark yellow, light brown or darker brown.
Another common type is black, although black amber is a more recent discovery.
Rare types of amber
Since old times, white royal amber was more valuable because of its similarity to ivory. White amber is richer in texture and patterns, and you can easily find some different color accents in this type of stone.
While white amber is so rare that it accounts for about 1 to 2 percent of the world's supply, the rarest - and therefore the most expensive - form of amber is blue amber. Only one piece in 1000 has blue amber. Baltic blue amber is different from Dominican blue amber, which appears blue only under fluorescent light. The blue color in Baltic amber is visible by the naked eye.
Baltic amber can vary from transparent to opaque. The transparent amber has an obvious advantage over opaque - we can clearly see the inclusions. Extraordinary inclusions are a little bit like a time machine, bringing a glimpse of the history of the past to nowadays peoples' eyes.
Amber comes in a wide variety of shapes, and the pieces used in jewelry can be quite large due to their light weight. The bigger the stone, the higher the value. As well as the size, shape matters a lot. It's almost impossible to find perfectly round-shaped amber, so it's up to the professional jeweler skills to hand-polish each piece to its perfection.
Beware the fakes
We’ve probably all seen an "amber" stone with scorpion inclusion. Nowadays, there are many manufacturers who try to improve what Mother Nature has created. They try to make things bigger and better. But those pieces have almost nothing in common with genuine amber.
Only Copal can be called a "young amber,” because its main material is resin, just like in the beginning stage of polymerization and hardening. It typically ranges from 100 to 1000 years old.
Each amber piece has many qualities, which need to be taken into account when trying to price it.
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