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[Source] Green amber cabs


#1

Hello all,

I’m trying to find some cabochons of green amber for a custom order
and am finding myself totally frustrated. I’ve checked all my usual
sources (Rio Grande, Thaigem, Sweetetc.) and have come up
empty-handed. (I also checked the Archives, and found that someone
else had asked for the same thing in 2002 and no one had replied.)

I need a matching pair of cabs, relatively small, for earrings:
pear-shaped would be ideal, but I’ll take round or oval or anything
that comes my way at this point. “Naturalness” is of no great
importance in this case, as the customer is just fond of the color.

Many, many thanks in advance for whatever leads you could give me!

Amber sources at Ganoksin’s Guide to Industry Web Sites

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Jessee Smith
www.silverspotstudio.com


#2

Hello- Try Amber Assoc of Poland

Barbara

International Amber Association (Poland)


international_amber_association_(poland)-1862.html

A governing body of scholars, amber producers, scientists and
designers dedicated to promoting the reputation and authenticity of
Baltic Amber in the areas of knowledge, beauty, healing, science,
industry, trade & culture.


#3

Check out Thunderbird Supply at: http://thunderbirdsupply.com
Pam

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#4

Nearly all the green amber as you describe is dyed. It comes from the
Baltic region, mostly Poland as I understand it. Real green amber,
when it’s available at all comes from the Dominican Republic and some
small amount from around Chiapas, Mexico. But that sounds like it
would be too expensive for what you have in mind. Besides, the size
of the piece of green amber that is untreated is unlikely to be small
and uniform. The larger the piece the more it’s worth.

For dyed material, I’d check do a search for baltic green amber. Or
some variation on that theme.

Derek


#5

Jessee I bought great green Amber cabs from Indian Jewelers Supply
Company in New Mexico. They can be contacted at 1-800-545-6540 or
www.ijsinc.com. Hope this works for you.

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#6

According to what I could glean from a Google Search, “green amber”
(the one frequently seen on the market)has been treated by heating
the back side of the cab. True green amber does exist, however, it is
not what is commonly seen in the market place. It is recognized by
the International Amber Association as an acceptable treatment much
like the heat treating, etc. done on numerous

I found numerous references when I did a 'net search. This site was
the most succinct. (little amber humor, Baltic amber is referred to
as succinite): http://www.amberjewelry.com/Amber_Reading_Room_p1.htm

While on the subject, I’m looking for larger pieces of raw amber for
my “Viking hobby”. I would like it to be Baltic amber, don’t care
about the color , don’t need it to be “buggy”, just solid material
that I can carve. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Chris
Ketchikan, AK


#7

Hi Jessee,

http://www.gemmaker.com/amber/Amber.html was referenced just a few
days ago on the Orchid List and has at least one 25X28mm piece
listed on the “amber” page. Perhaps there is more available from
him. There are a number of interesting amber pix also.

dennis


#8
    While on the subject, I'm looking for larger pieces of raw
amber for my "Viking hobby". I would like it to be Baltic amber,
don't care about the color, don't need it to be "buggy", just solid
material that I can carve. Any help would be appreciated. 

I don’t know if this will be at all helpful (I know diddly-squat
about carving amber), but I noticed while searching for the green
amber cabs that www.sweetgemstones.com carries large chunks of
Colombian copal amber at what seem to be very reasonable prices.
The Baltic amber I found in a Google search was horribly expensive.

Thanks to everyone for all your replies, and for being so incredibly
helpful!

Orchid rocks!

Cheers,
Jessee Smith
www.silverspotstudio.com


#9

Dear Chris

I might be able to help you out on this, being situated so to speak
just in the middle of the Baltic Sea.

I have a source where I buy a number of Baltic amber strands every
year of every two years, where he comes and visits me bringing the
strands. He could also deliver lumps and I am sure you would find the
prices moderate - to say the least.

However I need to know how much you need and what “lump sizes” you
are speaking of. Generally amber prises are like diamond prices: the
larger the piece the higher the price per gram.

You are welcome to contact me of list at niels at loevschal dot dk.

Niels Lovschal
Bornholm, Denmark


#10

The copal amber that you saw is a disaster for carving. It’s called
copal because it isn’t amber yet. True amber is supposedly 40
million years old - who knows if that is exactly right. True amber,
and that includes the natural baltic amber has lost most of the
volitile oil components of the original tree sap. It is pleasant to
carve, it smells like a pine forest. It is cut and polished at a
relatively slow speed.

Copal is gummy and will craze after even the most careful polishing.
You can’t even saw it without it gumming up and gluing the saw to the
cut. It’s cheap because it isn’t worth much.

In my experience, baltic amber in larger chunks for carving costs
the same per gram as finished cabs, in the range of $1 to $3 per
gram.

Judy Hoch, G.G.


#11

Hi,

Does anybody know where to find green amber cabs 8 x 10mm? IJS is out
of them - most likely for good. I use these cabs a lot and I just
can’t figure out where to get more. I hope someone can help.

Thanks,
Tom