I recently bought a very cheap amber pendant - 40mmx60mm 18mm thick
in open silver bezel for US$25 at a fair. It said on the back "made
in nepal". The amber yellow honey color, very transparent, with
transparent disks formations inside. Looked like a good deal. Well,
I decided to polish it. I have polished many pieces of amber before,
and they always produce a strong pine smell. This one didn't. It had
a rather unpleasant smell with a hint of bitter almond.
The question is : could it be real amber? Are there other non-pine
trees in the world making amber-like substance?
Thanks in advance to those who answer!
[Edited: Hanuman] Check out:
Amber - Frozen Moments in Time
by: Garry Platt