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PostPosted: Jun 04, 2017 17:16    Post subject: Help to identify amber like object  

Hi, I found this yellow-orange amber like object at the beach today. I am next to the north sea. It is very light when held. It has air bubbles and other things inside. Please let me know your thoughts. I tried a few tests...in the freezer it came out not feeling cold. Touching it to my teeth it does not feel like plastic and feels like a crystal. When inserting a hot needle to give off white smoke I am unable to clearly identify the smell it gives off. Any help is much appreciated


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 Mineral: Amber like
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Northumberland
17x9x10cm
 Viewed:  1492 Time(s)

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IMG-20170604-WA0003.jpg
 Mineral: Amber like
 Description:
Northumberland
17x9x10cm
 Viewed:  1500 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jun 04, 2017 17:27    Post subject: Re: Help to identify amber like object  

Melted beer bottle from beach party.
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PostPosted: Jun 04, 2017 17:42    Post subject: Re: Help to identify amber like object  

Doesn't look at all like Amber to me, and Amber wouldn't hold up too well in a beach environment either, so it's likely something else. Probably glass slag of some sort. Doesn't look natural
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PostPosted: Jun 04, 2017 17:54    Post subject: Re: Help to identify amber like object  

But slag glass couldn't be pierced by a hot needle, so certainly wouldn't produce white smoke.
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PostPosted: Jun 04, 2017 22:56    Post subject: Re: Help to identify amber like object  

Some sort of plastic waste?
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PostPosted: Jun 04, 2017 23:28    Post subject: Re: Help to identify amber like object  

It is awful clear for amber!...and huge....they do come that size, but very rare indeed. I would do a density test, as the range for amber is not large. If not amber, certainly some plastic material. Amber usually has a sand abraded surface - that this doesn't seem to have. I'd be surprised if this was amber.
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PostPosted: Jun 05, 2017 03:00    Post subject: Re: Help to identify amber like object  

I agree, do a density test. It is not impossible on the north east coast that it is Baltic amber, but if it is it is amazingly clear

http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=38375#38375

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PostPosted: Jun 05, 2017 14:05    Post subject: Re: Help to identify amber like object  

Amber is fossilized tree sap. This looks like tree sap that hasn't totally fossilized. It can be relative hard but a hot needle will burn it. This is often deceptively sold as Copal Amber but isn't really amber. It can be found in water sometimes.

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