How do you tell real amber from a fake?

A car boot find -sometimes I strike lucky!

 I was very lucky to pick up this fine necklace of amber beads from a car boot sale for just 50p ! Many of my customers send me amber beads to restring and often asking me to test the beads to see if they are real amber.  Many pieces of so called amber are in fact made from resin which often has bits of insects stirred into it! To make it look genuine.Lots of the cheap amber jewellery on ebay is fake so look for a good supplier or test before you buy.  I use the paper test to detect fakes. I rub the bead well on some clothing then see if it will pick up a tiny piece of paper.You can also try to put the bead in a glass of salt water.  Amber will float whereas plastic/resin beads will sink. 

I was very lucky to pick up this fine necklace of amber beads from a car boot sale for just 50p ! Many of my customers send me amber beads to restring and often asking me to test the beads to see if they are real amber.

Many pieces of so called amber are in fact made from resin which often has bits of insects stirred into it! To make it look genuine.Lots of the cheap amber jewellery on ebay is fake so look for a good supplier or test before you buy.

I use the paper test to detect fakes. I rub the bead well on some clothing then see if it will pick up a tiny piece of paper.You can also try to put the bead in a glass of salt water.

Amber will float whereas plastic/resin beads will sink. 

Onyx

Not beads this time but I just could not resist buying these onyx grapes when I saw them in a local market.

Onyx is a banded variety of the oxide mineral chalcedonyAgate and onyx are both varieties of layered chalcedony that differ only in the form of the bands: agate has curved bands and onyx has parallel bands. The colors of its bands range from white to almost every color (save some shades, such as purple or blue). Commonly, specimens of onyx contain bands of black and/or white.

 

This is one of a set of necklaces I was sent to restring and it contains extremely old Indian Agate beads.

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Cork for Jewellery

I recently came across cork thread for jewellery.it only comes in wide sizes and would not be awfully bendy but I can see it really working well for certain types of bracelets and necklaces.

This is where to buy it

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/386250558/portuguese-cork-round-5mm-light-green?ref=shop_home_active_9

 

 

Some lovely beads!

Wonderful old chevrons and other beads.

 Not old beads but these Turquoise are so lovely I would dearly like to have anything as beautiful in my collection.

Not old beads but these Turquoise are so lovely I would dearly like to have anything as beautiful in my collection.

Some New Bracelets

I actually got some time last week to make a few new bracelets.The bright colours of my beads really cheered up a grey Cornish Winter day!

Some of the bracelets are a large size as last time that I did a craft fair several men said they would have liked to buy one but they were too small for them.

One of the bracelets has a Cornish Slate button which I bought at a fair a few years ago.I've used them all now and really need to look out for more.


African Designs

This goes way beyond a beaded necklace! Not sure how long it would take to make it but probably about 2/3 days? http://www.atelierfiftyfive.com/home/category/accessories/5

There are some absolutely stunning designs on atelierfiftyfive.com

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