1. How can I be sure I am purchasing authentic Baltic Amber?
We are very careful about what suppliers used for all Baltic Amber sold through Spark of Amber. We currently work with 3 main suppliers from Lithuania, who we are in constant contact with. All our Baltic Amber jewelry is professionally tested, to verify its authenticity. We do not recommend home tests, as we have not found these to be consistently reliable. Note that that real Baltic Amber jewelry and Amber teething necklaces and bracelets are VERY light, and will have some natural imperfections if you look quite closely.
2. How should I Care for Amber Teething Necklaces and Jewelry?
Amber jewelry should not be exposed to harsh cleaners and chemicals. Please do not wear in swimming pools or when applying lotions or sunscreens. It is recommended that you keep Amber away from your metal jewelry. To clean, use a soft cloth. If necessary, you can use water and sun-dry.
3. What Safety Precautions are Taken When Crafting Amber Children's Jewelry and Teething Necklaces and Bracelets?
All Baltic Amber teething necklaces are carefully handcrafted of sturdy thread and very small “nuggets” or beads. A knot is tied between each and every bead on the teething necklaces and bracelets/anklets, so that if it would happen to break, only one bead would come off. The beads are small enough to avoid any choking hazard, and they are 100% natural and completely non-toxic. Baltic Amber jewelry is recommended for ages 3 years and up. Like any jewelry, please use under parental supervision.
4. What has Baltic Amber been used for?
Europeans have long used Baltic Amber for pain relief and energy-boosting. They have also used it for its anti-inflammatory and immune-strengthening qualities. Baltic Amber is also prized for its beauty. It comes in a wide range of colors and sizes. It is a wonderful keepsake and addition to your jewelry collection. It makes a beautiful gift for a child or adult!
5. What is the process in making Baltic Amber jewelry?
Baltic Amber must be mined from the Baltic Sea. After that the Amber must be prepared to make into gems. Craftsman in Lithuania then spend hours carefully polishing each nugget or bead that is eventually made into a piece of Amber jewelry. The whole process literally takes days to weeks. When purchasing Baltic Amber jewelry from Spark of Amber, you are getting a beautiful treasure that is of high quality and timeless beauty!
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