Grading Amber

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SHADES OF COLOR

Dominican Amber viewed on a white background in daylight, The shades of amber can have blue and green color.  Finding Blue AAA with brown is extremely rare, which makes the blue darker and more intense.

Color

Although consumers are most familiar with yellow and golden amber, the gem can be white, yellow, and orange to reddish brown. Reddish amber is more valuable than golden amber, which is more valuable than yellow amber. Rarely, strong fluorescence can give amber a bluish or greenish appearance, which when attractive can be highly valuable. Oxidation might cause the material to change color over time. Choosing a color is personal choice although when it comes to Blue amber color grading is very important. Dominican Blue amber comes is numerous shades of blue, the more extreme the blue the higher there price.

COLORS OF DOMINICAN AMBER

Dominican Blue Amber viewed on a black background in daylight

CLARITY GRADE

Transparent amber is more valuable than cloudy material. An interesting plant or animal inclusion adds to the value of an amber specimen. Dominican Republic has the clearest amber in the world, Grading the clarity is quite a task,

100% Clarity is very rare, the larger the specimen the more difficult it is to find.

AAA- No Inclusions
AA- Minor Inclusion less 1% to 5% of the amber
A- Inclusion up-to 15% of the Amber
B- Heavy Included 16% to 50% of the Amber
C- Inclusion cover most of the Amber
D- Opaque

 

Cut

Amber is commonly polished into a free-form shape that follows the original shape of the rough. It might then be set into jewelry or drilled for stringing. Cutting styles for amber include beads, cabochons, and free-form polished pieces. Amber might be faceted, but this is rare.

Weight

Amber has a lower relative density than salt water so it can feel very light, even in large sizes. This makes it possible to use fairly large sizes in amber jewelry. Amber is mostly sold by the gram.

Sample Of Grade

The first Letters are the shade of the Amber

Second Letters are the Clarity of the Amber

Third Letters the Color (Hue of the Amber)

If there is a "X" in the fromt it means the Amber is raw, semi polished, or entirely polished.

SAMPLE Bead or Cabochon - DY/AAA/AA (Shade/Clarity/Color)                                                                                                                 SAMPLE Raw, Semi-polished or Polished  -  XDY/AAA/AA (Raw Shade/Clarity/Color)