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Amber's brittleness


#1

Is there any way to reduce the brittleness of amber that has been
out of the ground?


#2

Amber, like pearls, needs oil. Body oil is the best, thru long
wear, but in a pinch, extra virgin olive oil works fine. I had a
co-worker steam an amber ring one time=85the poor stone looked like it
was about to crack. I gently smoothed oil into the stone with my
fingers, and left it soaking for an hour. When I wiped it off, it
looked better than it had originally. It really depends on the
level of damage, but try soaking that amber overnight in oil. I bet
it helps. This has also helped me to restore porous or overdyed
stones. It=92s not a guaranteed solution, but when you=92re desperate=
.
I=92ve restored turquoise and coral that had been oversteamed. Good
Luck!

Caroline