I bought some Amber…Is it real?

How can I tell if my Amber is real? This was my question for today!
As it turns out it is quite easy if you can separate your Amber from a strand or the piece of jewelry it is in. For my test I mixed 1 part salt with 2 parts water (translation: 1/3 cup salt and 2/3 cup warm water). Let the salt dissolve in the water. Note: this amount of salt will not fully dissolve, there will still be some salt in the bottom of the cup.
Now, just drop in your Amber pieces and if they float they are real. If they sink, they are not real Amber. They may be glass or some type of resin or plastic. Thankfully, the Amber I tested today is REAL!
There are a few other ways to test Amber, but some of them are destructive so you wouldn’t want to do these tests on a finished piece of jewelry. I’ll delve into the other methods in a future post.