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Is Your Baltic Amber Teething Necklace Real?

by julie on September 19, 2012

I have recently been hearing that there has been a lot of fake Baltic Amber Jewelry floating around the web. Of course I got nervous seeing as I recently received mine in the mail and was still “on the fence” as to whether it was doing any good or not. So I decided to do a little investigation for myself. 

I researched to see if I could find out how you can spot the difference between real Baltic Jewelery and fakes. Here is what I found:


Fake Baltic Jewelry can be made from:

  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Copal
  • Fenolic Resins
  • Casein
  • Celluloid
Test Yours Out
  1. Smell/Burn Test this is said to be the most reliable test. If you hold a flame to the amber necklace, it SHOULD give off a pleasant “pine-tree resin” smell if it is genuine. If it is a fake, it will either melt or give off a burnt plastic smell. If it is a glass fake, it will smell like nothing. (This is the method I tried below)
  2. Rub Test is similar to the smell/burn test above, except you don’t use a flame to heat the Baltic stones, you use the heat from your hands. Simply rub the stones in your hand to see if they release that “pine-tree resin” smell. This test may be a little more difficult to perform. 
  3. Hot Needle Test is another effective test that involves using a hot needle to once again evoke the “pine-tree resin” smell. Simply place a hot needle into an already drilled hole into the amber and see what happens. Obviously if you stick the needle into plastic or glass there will be no smell, and possible melting. Please be advised that this method may leave a slight burn mark where the needle was placed. Also note that the clasps are made of plastic and will burn if you stick the need in those. 
  4. Salt Water Test is another easy way to test and see if your Amber is real. Amber will float in salt water, but be sure there is not metal that would weigh the necklace down and make it sink. Please note that Copal also floats too, so while your necklace might not be glass, this test is not totally foolproof. Use 1 part salt to 2 parts water and drop the necklace on it.

Tips in Recognizing Fakes:

  • Purchase from a reliable or reputable source
  • Use any one of the tests above
  • Look for 100% Guarantee on the necklaces
  • A Cheap price may be a RED FLAG
  • Amber does not melt
  • Amber has a sweet pine-tree type smell when burned

And here is the test we did on our Baltic teething necklace below. I was a little disappointed because part of the necklace turned black when we put the flame on it. It did however smell like PINE!! Yeah!! I was a little nervous there for awhile. I would advise you try to hold the necklace over a heat source that doesn’t involve a direct flame such as an electric stove. This way the smell can still resonate without harming your necklace. Please don’t mind my neurotic voice in the video…I was nervous the necklace might get ruined.

Do you own any Baltic amber jewelry?
Have you tested it out before?

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Ace5123 September 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I had to test my daughters after reading this. Verdict: real!
I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to tell if it had a pine scent but it was pretty strong.

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Julie September 20, 2012 at 1:43 am

Yeah! Glad it’s real!!

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MommyFerg02 September 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I’ve never heard of doing this! Off to test out ours now! :)

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Julie September 20, 2012 at 1:43 am

Let me know how you make out!

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Rachael November 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I had to test my daughters i just got in the mail the other day after reading this……I was nervous since i only paid $17 for it on amazon, everywhere else I found they were way more expensive!
I tried holding over the stove………………and it put off the pine smell after only a minute or so.

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julie November 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

**Sigh** of relief for you! So glad! It especially makes you nervous when you get it at a really great prices too! Hope it helps!

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Darryl January 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I hadn’t even considered the possibility of fakes, but I guess it makes sense. People will knock off anything these days. Thanks for the tip. We got a genuine baltic amber teething necklace and feel like it makes a difference in our little one’s happiness as she goes through this uncomfortable time.

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Christiana September 26, 2013 at 9:43 am

I bought one from amazon for $14.99 or something like that, and i was nervous that it might not have been real. The company offers a 100% guarantee. I’ve had it on her for a little over a week and have noticed les s drooling, but that’s about it. I tried the heat test (held it over the stove eye) and it had a strange smell that resembled pine, but didn’t quite smell like a pine tree like you’re describing. I tried the salt-water float test — most of it floated at first, then i picked it up and tried again and it didnt float or sink, it just kinda sat in between… maybe its because the place it twists together is plastic, it sank more?

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baltic amber necklaces October 7, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up.

The words in your post seem to be running off the screen in
Firefox. I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with browser compatibility
but I figured I’d post to let you know. The layout look great
though! Hope you get the issue fixed soon. Many thanks

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viktoria meid October 10, 2013 at 9:58 am

I put mine over the stove but it gave off a citrus smell, not a pine one is that the same? I dont know since its polished if that makes a difference.

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Morgan January 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I just purchased one for $6 and rubbed on my hand and smelled the pine! Awesome score!

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Rachael June 15, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Melted! My friend have me hers, said it didn’t work for her daughter, now I know why!!!

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Sarah July 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm

I did the rub test. I just rubbed it in my hands vigorously for about a minute, and sure enough, it smelled like pine! I was nervous bc they were $12.95 at a little shop, so I wasn’t sure if they were real or not! But they are! All of my kiddos have one.

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CrunchyBecky July 9, 2014 at 10:07 pm

I just read the following on eBay titled “Testing Amber and Spotting Fakes”:

Heat a needle and push it into the amber, in real amber it will just slightly go in and you will smell a very old punged tree smell, but strong odor. If the needle goes in easy and you smell a fresh smell like pine, its copal and if you small a nasty plastic type smell it’s some kind of fake.

So maybe the pine smell isnt necessarily fool-proof! Try all the tests, people!

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Angela July 30, 2014 at 7:13 am

Mine started to get on fire when I put a flame to it? Did this happen to anyone else? I thought I smelled pine but I am going to try one more time.

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