All the moms are buying amber teething necklaces. So what is Baltic Amber and why are all the moms buying amber teething necklaces?
Baltic Amber is fossilized tree resin of ancient pine trees that grew over 50 million years ago in Northern Europe on the shores of the Baltic Sea.
Baltic Amber contains Succinic Acid, a known analgesic reputed to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing of wounds. When worn against the warmth of the body the amber’s natural oils are released into the bloodstream, soothing the misery of teething aches and pains.
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Baltic Amber has been known to help in the relief of headaches, reduces inflammation of the throat, ear and stomach, fight irritations, infections, arthritis, eczema, menstrual pain and teething aches and pains.
If you would like to know from customers that have purchased amber before whether it works or not read our article and comments on this product.
Baltic Amber teething necklaces are meant for wearing and not for chewing. The thread is knotted in between each bead so that if the necklace does break it does not become a choking hazard.
Please beware of fake amber products, always check for a certificate of authenticity and buy from a reputable dealer.
Here are a few ways to check if the product you have purchases is authentic:
Smell tests are the most effective because natural amber has a specific smell, which is difficult to obtain when producing falsifications. Amber smells sweet, piney and pleasant when burnt, the very reason it has been used for centuries. After heating real Baltic amber diffuses the specific delicate fragrance of pine-tree resins. Copal melts at rather a low temperature (lower than 150 C), and tends to melts rather than burn. After heating it diffuses the “sweet” smell of burning resins.
It is easy to distinguish glass from amber: it is more solid; it cannot be scratched by metal. Glass is cold and fireproof. If you have strong hands, rub the fake amber into the hands until it releases the smell of pine- tree resins.
Hot Needle Test
Stick a heated needle into an imperceptible place in the amber (a hole of a drilled bead, etc.). If you smell definite pine-tree resins it means it is real amber. Deficiency: the slight mark of burning remains – this cannot be corrected. Nevertheless, amber tends to be fragile – sticking with a hot needle you will notice some cracks, while a needle will pierce plastic without cracking it.
Take a few drops of acetone (fingernail polish remover) or alcohol and drip it over the surface of your piece. If the surface becomes tacky, or the fluid takes on the honey golden color of the substance, you can bet it’s not amber. Amber is not harmed and will not dissolve under these solvents.
Real amber floats in salt water. That’s why it is easy for locals on the Baltic Coast to find it washed up on beaches, especially after storm events. Pour 7-8 full spoons of salt into 300ml of water and stir. After several minutes of stirring the salt will dissolve. Carry out the test and wash the sample with pure water. Deficiency: it will not detect polystyrene and copal and jewelry (with metal, strings of beads and clasps make the piece sink).
Artificially Inserted Insects
There are plenty of cheap imitations of amber with “inclusions” inside the stone. Such inserted insects (sometimes scorpions) are usually too big and too good-looking. It is extremely rear case that someone finds ancient creatures inside the Baltic amber and it would naturally lead to an extremely high price. Except for some little pieces with tiny mosquitoes.