Mumma Rocks sells only top Quality Certified Baltic Amber.
We import our Amber directly from the Artists in Lithuania.
We go to many lengths to ensure your amber is Authentic, natural and Genuine. We only purchase from trusted suppliers and test all our products in house to confirm Authenticity
Please be cautious of sellers sending out custom printed Authenticity Certificates with your necklaces this in no way Gurantees they are genuine and of top quality.
We have compiled a list of tests that you can carry out yourself and Mumma Rocks even offers a money back Guarantee.
Test 1: Scratch Test
Scratch one of the beads with your fingernail. If you make a mark, it's not amber. Some harder plastics won't scratch, so if it doesn't make a mark, it may still be plastic.
Wash the bead in soapy water and rinse. Run your tongue over the surface. Amber and copal are tasteless; plastic or other synthetic substances have a chemical taste. I wasn't sensitive enough for this to be 100% accurate for me.
Rub the bead again with the cloth until it is warm and smell it. A chemical or plastic smell indicates the bead is a fake. An earthy, piny or odorless smell is amber.
4: Static test
Rub the bead briskly with a soft cloth to create heat. Hold the bead over some small pieces of tissue. Friction between the cloth and amber creates static electricity and attracts the tissue.
5: Float Test
Dissolve two tablespoons of table salt in a cup of warm water. Add the bead. Amber does not sink. If the fake amber has lots of air bubbles from making it, it could float as well, but probably will still sink.
6: UV/Black Light Test
Use a black light (if you have pets you may have one..or take it with you next time you go to a club). Real Amber, no matter the color, will show up as either Blue or a Yellow butterscotch Opaque color under an ultra-violet light (most often it will show up as the butterscotch yellow). Copal will show up as white. Plastic does not react at all.
7: Acetone Test
Put acetone on a bead. Allow it to dry, then repeat. Or dip the bead in acetone. If the color comes off, there is melting on the surface (you can scratch it away) or has tacky surface, is indicative of copal or plastic.
8: Fire Test
a) Heat a needle point in a flame until it is red-hot. Touch the heated tip to the bead. If the material melts quickly and gives off a plastic odor, you probably have a piece of plastic or copal.
b) Copal and resin mixed Amber will melt down, real Amber doesn't melt, but burns away like an incense. Amber smells sweet when it burns, Fake amber will end up smelling like a burnt plastic.
I hope this helps! Feel free to use these tests on the amber necklaces I make, as I will be testing them first to be sure that it is the best!
Black Light test:
Here is a black light test, we have photographed on of our own pieces for you to view.
The glow shows the Amber is Genuine.