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Q: green amber ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: green amber
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: dick-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 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 
Subject: Re: green amber
Answered By: penguin-ga on 19 Apr 2002 23:09 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
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.

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

For general information about amber go to Mineral Galleries

Search Terms Used: 
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cost OR price OR value OR sale +green AND +brown amber

I hope this helps!

~ penguin
dick-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars

Subject: 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:

"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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