Avoid Buying Fake Amber - Read This Book
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Founded in 1996 The International Amber Association associates manufacturers and merchants from the amber industry, artists who create amber works of art and the collectors of natural specimens and historical amber artifacts. The Association also includes researchers from various scientific fields who deal with amber-related issues. Currently The IAA has over 200 members from 24 countries.
As part of its efforts to maintain the purity of the Baltic Amber market, it provides an amber laboratory, open to the public, and operated by agreement with Gdansk University of Technology, for testing and verification of the authenticity of amber.
It also provides books containing essential information for amber buyers and collectors.
Available is the book Amber Imitations. A 32 page publication, it contains a comprehensive and detailed expose of contemporary amber counterfeiting as well as details about how it was done in the past.
It is well illustrated and gives the reader an in depth knowledge of the processes used to create amber imitations that are flooding the market today.
It also reviews the 20th Century processes used to create cheap trade goods for the African market and how the Communist government was involved in making amber imitations that are many times still kept as precious and valuable family heirlooms. These goods find their way to antique shops, specialty shops, and estate sales where they command , and are sold for, high prices even though they are low value imitations.
And having educated the reader about the problem, this book provides testing procedures and methods to protect oneself when buying amber.
For most readers the testing section is the most valuable part of the book. But without understanding the how amber is counterfeited, one cannot really understand the test results and limitations.
In all, after reading this book, you will have the working knowledge necessary to determine whether amber is authentic or fraudulent.
And as a special note to amber sellers, selling counterfeit amber can subject you to liability for fraud, civil and criminal. If you sell online it can be wire fraud. So it is important that you know the information in this book and take all steps to protect yourself, your business and your family assets.