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Chinese Antique Amber (Ming) Pendant on Gold Chain

Chinese Antique Amber (Ming) Pendant on Gold Chain

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Organics: Resin: Pre 1910: Item # 809488

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Amber is very old, as we show below. The pieces in this pendant were purchased in Beijing. A 14 K gold frame and clamp were made to order in Beijing. [The chain is only for illustrative purposes.] Amber is "produced" from the sap of trees and must stay in the ground for centuries before it gets the glow that these two pieces have. On Amber: Amber, which is in fact a fossil, is often held in the same class as semi-precious stones such as turquoise and jade because of its ornamental uses. Unlike these stones, amber is not mineralized. Rather, it is simple the fossil of resin, or tree sap. Most of the amber that exists today is between 30 and 90 million years old. Resin that is only semi-fossilized is referred to as copal or sub-fossil amber. Amber ranges from pale yellow to deep orange in hue. Some amber actually has a lovely green cast to it. Furthermore, amber can have smoky, even opaque swirls within. Some amber enthusiasts prefer amber with such milky inclusions. Because amber is made of tree sap, it often includes insects that were trapped within the pitch many millions of years ago. A piece of amber with a visible and well-arranged insect is often prized over a piece with no such inclusions. Each piece is 3.5 cm wide, 5 .4 cm high. The photos are clear: the piece on the left has an indent. The skeletons of fish may be seen on the fron and back of each piece. It is sold as is.