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Amber as every gem or other treasures has always attracted attention. Thus amber sometimes was and is a cause for theft, crime, and even wars. The story is as old as the human history is.
 
Amber deposits are limited. People who dig out or mine amber either in authorized or unauthorized way always make damage to the nature (as activities of other mining industry do, for example, Mountaintop Coal Mine, West Virginia). Sometimes it is very risky to human life's. Dominican Amber is mined utilizing so-called bell pitting method which is dangerous for miners as there is a risk of the tunnel collapse. The one is wrong if he thinks we are living in modern civilized world and most of the sores are the thing of the past. There "is not everything OK" with attraction and value of amber. Nevertheless to say that the problem is not in amber or any other natural issue but in us: our greediness, selfishness  and ignorance of the nature (even if we are part of it) and its laws. Sadly, not much changed in that aspect from long-ago.
 
 
 

Raw material of Baltic Amber from a mine. (R.V. Byenes)

 
Those who purchase amber and amber jewelry have to be careful and make certain they get a genuine amber. It is neither rara avis nor wonder amber is faked. Natural fake amber is copal. Man made imitation may be glass or plastic. Castings of molten natural amber also lose its value. It happens natural amber is melted, mixed with plastic resins and then shaped. Various tricks are used to make an "amber" with inclusions. Sometimes a piece of amber may be real, but the inclusion is fake. Garry Platt suggests some prized tips to identifying true amber (Succinite).
 

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