Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: dick-ga
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19 Apr 2002 19:43 PDT
Expires: 26 Apr 2002 19:43 PDT
Question ID: 2202
What is "green amber"? Is this color naturally occurring or is it color enhanced? Where does it come from? What is the price relative to the brown amber?
Re: green amber
Answered By: penguin-ga on 19 Apr 2002 23:09 PDT
Hi Dick! Green Amber is a completely natural variation of Baltic Amber. Like all amber, it is created from fossil resin produced by pine trees since the beginning of time. The green color is a result of plant interaction with the resin. This information is available at the Mizgirls' Amber Museum in Lithuania. http://muziejai.mch.mii.lt/Vilnius/mizgiris_amber_muzeum.htm While green is a more valuable color of amber than brown, the best quality of amber is clear, transparent, and flawless. However, if we were to compare a piece of clear green amber to a piece of brown amber with a fossil, the brown amber would be more valuable. (Gems & Crystals : From the American Museum of Natural History by Anna S Sofianides, George E. Harlow. Simon & Schuster.(1990). Additional Websites that may interest you: For images of green amber, go to Amberica West http://www.ambericawest.com/green.html For general information about amber go to Mineral Galleries http://mineral.galleries.com/minerals/mineralo/amber/amber.htm Search Terms Used: green amber origin green amber sale cost OR price OR value OR sale +green AND +brown amber I hope this helps! ~ penguin
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Re: green amber
From: honeystung-ga on 11 Oct 2004 09:39 PDT
The answer you were given is not complete, and green amber is not necessarily more valuable than the cognac, or brown color you mention. Amber comes in 256 documented shades, and valuation is complicated however green amber is not as a rule either more or less valuable than the other colors. White, or mat, is actually the most valuable color in terms of jewelry forms. Amber does occur naturally in the color green, but it is a light yellowish green typically found with lots of soil inclusions, it does not look like the sparkling green amber you are probably thinking of with this question, usually found in tri-colour jewelry forms. Go here for the real story of green amber: http://www.amberjewelry.com/Amber_Reading_Room_p1.htm "Just as peridot, citrine, turquoise and most all gems are treated and stabilized to bring out luster and shine, similar treatments are used to enhance green amber."
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