STRUCTURETree resin is not amber until it has
not completed the process known as amberization. Then the substance gets fully
polymerized and its volatiles are lost. There is no definition when fossil
tree resin becomes amber based on age, hardness, color or other
characteristics. Besides a geological process, amberization also involves
microbiological activity that changes its chemical formula. Perhaps the most
suitable definition for amber currently is: "fossil
tree resin that has achieved a stable state through loss of volatile
chemical change after burial in the ground."The true amber has been obtained its
characteristics. Tree resin that did not fully complete the process of
amberization is called
copal. Copal is
a "young" tree resin and much differs from amber by its chemical formula and,
of course, characteristics. Currently, there is no any method to treat
it in the way it becomes amber.
Enlarged pattern of mechanically polished Baltic Amber
of butterscotch color.
Amber comes in over 200 shades of colors,
variety of transparencies, and different shapes: no one piece is alike. Micro
drops and micro icicles (often called "amber in amber") are very interesting to
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