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Posted in response to Re: Re: Help to identify - Again from Ryan on June 05, 2007 at 01:55:14:

Re: Re: Re: Help to identify - Again

Hi Ryan

I don't think it is necessary for you to go any further in a search for an ID because you already know what it is:

Amber.

"Amber" is basically fossilized tree resin. The key word there is "fossilized." It is softer than chalcedony, but often not by much - a hardness of almost 7 typical (and often hard to prove - through I think you have. Good testing and observation on your part there.

Proving an ID of "amber" is actually often very hard to do because the fossilized resin is so close to chalcedony in character that when we treat it as a "Mineral" for ID purposes we come up with an ID of "chalcedony" instead. The differences show themselves in the flow and crackle/drying structues of the piece more than anything else - it just "looks" organic rather than crystalline.

It looks like a very nice piece, Ryan. A very rare find!

Regards

Alan

From Alan - June 05, 2007 at 07:01:26

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