The price of amber is determined by the different forms of life found in stone. The intact insects, plants, flowers, etc. will increase the value of amber and these stones will be very expensive. Generally, an amber necklace with a trapped dragonfly will have a high price and will benefit from a strong demand in the market.
The prices of these gems may vary depending on the clarity, color, polish and size of the piece. . The prices mentioned in this article are generally valid for gems of good color and good clarity. Opaque amber pieces can usually be bought cheaply, for an amount ranging from $ 0.10 to $ 1 for one carat or less. For pieces of about one inch in size and with insect inclusions, prices can range from $ 50 to $ 60. An average sized stone with inclusions would cost about $ 195.
Wholesale good quality beads can also be purchased starting at $ 15. Shapeless and uneven pieces with no fossil inclusions ranging from 1 to 1.5 inches and weighing about 10 to 12 carats would cost between $ 30 and $ 40. Polished beads with no inclusion of about 1 centimeter usually cost between 1 and 2 dollars per carat.
Many times, this gem is heated to give it an aged or aged appearance. These parts usually cost less compared to a similar piece having the original color.
Amber pieces with unusual flora and fauna are a collector's item. The fossils in this jewel always increase its value and beauty. A pendant with inclusions is guaranteed to get a good price on the market. A carved ring also has a very high price on the market.
A significant difference in the price of amber is created according to the period of origin of amber. The older the gemstone, the higher the price. However, it is not easy to identify the age of the stone. In addition, most gemological laboratories do not often certify amber stones. To determine the age of the amber stone, one must identify the inclusions present in the stone and estimate the period in which it existed.
There is an interesting news about a piece of Dominican amber with inclusions. Recently, such a room with a big lizard trapped inside was sold for US $ 75,000. This figure does not really give us an idea of the high price that this gemstone can reach.
In fact, the amount of history associated with amber jewelry would only serve to increase its market value. Likewise, antique jewelry or a pendant with an insect are of great value on the market.
There are many attempts on the market to sell "simulants" of amber as true amber. The simulants of this gem include ambroid, copal resin, kauri gum, dammar, celluloid and plastic. These simulants would normally cost only a fraction of the price of a real stone.
Thus, we can see that the price of this gemstone depends mainly on factors such as age, inclusions, quality and size.