I am back at estate auctions and got an amber stick pin. It is
very darkened and has a milky residue evenly all over. In fact I am
wondering if it is coated for stability and age has turned the
Hi Teri. It probably is not coated, amber may become milky with age.
Most milky amber is gently heated in oil to clarify it. The result is
often the discoid fractures, or "sun spangles" you may see in a lot
of amber. They are a dead giveaway of this treatment.
Then again, if only the surface is milky, it may be possible to
refinish it. Just use finer and finer grits of emery and finish up
by rubbing it on denim. Blue jeans can give amber a great final
James in SoFl