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Original Message:   Have you ever disproven "amber" which passed both the brine and static electricity tests?
Did the amber in your photo also pass the brine test?

I have tested in excess of 30 pieces of baltic amber from as many sources. Of all I tested, 5 pieces passed these 3 tests: the relative density (brine), static electricity and the smell tests (sometimes the smell test requires leaving the piece enclosed in a box for a couple of months for it to regain it's smell after having been exposed for long periods). Plastic will never smell like amber.

I want to know if anyone has ever tested a piece that looks like amber which passes the relative density (brine), static electricity and the smell tests but not the hot needle test. I want to determine if the invasive hot needle test is necessary. I want to know the DETAILS of someone's ACTUAL experience with a piece which passes all three tests, but then does not pass the invasive hot needle test.

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