Amber – Fake or the Real Thing?

Martin Perkins

30th May 2014

Amber is fossilised tree-resin that is millions of years old and is valued for jewellery making (and, interestingly, as an ingredient in Aquavit liquor).

Amber is valued according to its grade and composition and fake amber is commonplace, so pyrolysis GC-MS has a useful part to play in authentication and classification of this interesting and unusual material.

GERSTEL have recently published an article on this topic and you can read it by following this link.

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