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Amber, Hardened Resin Or Sap 

Amber Gems, Holding Secrets Of The Past


Most gems that we come across owe their origin and existence to various minerals. Very few gems have their origin in a living object, amber is one of them. Amber was formed from the sap or resin of certain trees, this was millions of years ago. These tree species are now extinct, the rest of the amber story sounds like a fairy tale and we will now talk about it. There are clear researched findings related to amber. Folklore and traditional beliefs do add their own flavor but, these need not distract our journey forward.

Back in time around 20 to 40 million years ago, were forests with trees that dripped resin or sap from their barks. The sticky resin dripped along the bark and onto the ground below. Some of the resin got retained within the cracks and splits of the bark. As you would expect, the trees and forest ground were home to many tiny insects. Pieces of twigs and leaves also littered the forest. When the resin fell on them or dripped along, some of these objects got stuck to the sticky sap. The sap or resin, embraced these objects and held them within itself. The resin obviously dried over a period of time while, leaves, twigs and insects were forever trapped in it. This was the first step towards the resin transforming itself into amber.

The natural effects of temperature, pressure and evaporation caused the dried resin to polymerize. This is a technical word but basically what happened was that, the physical charateristics of the resin were grossly altered. The material was no longer sticky and had a better hardness as compared to resin. In normal circumstances, dried resin would have easily dissolved in solvents like alcohol, acetone or gasoline. But polymerization substantially reduced the capacity of the dried amber to dissolve in these solvents. In simple terms you could say that the dried resin which was now called amber, turned into a natural 'plastic'.

It is important to understand that, not every piece of dry resin can be called amber. Molecular polymerization is essential for resin or sap to turn into amber. This can take anywhere from hundred thousand to a few million years. You will come across 'young' amber which has not been polymerized, such material should not be called amber and is rightly called 'copal'. Solvents like alcohol, acetone and gasoline can dissolve such young amber. The solubility test is one of the methods use to segregate amber from copal. This is a destructive test and should not be tried by inexperienced hands.

Many people wonder whether amber can be regarded as a fossil. The general understanding about fossils is that, the organic material in an object are replaced by minerals. Scientists refer to this as mineralization and it is not relevant in the case of amber formation. We just explained that amber is formed by the polymerization of resin and not by mineralization. Once you have this basic understanding, you could refer to amber as a fossil after all the word polymerization is not easy to remember or spell!

Now let us come to the objects that get trapped in amber. These leaves, twigs, insect parts or whole insects had their existence during the time that the sap dripped from the trees. That was millions of years ago, most likely 20 to 40 million years ago. These leaves or insects are now extinct and we could never have seen or learnt about them had they not been trapped in the amber. Many amber findings have maintained these inclusions in great structure and form, it is as if they are frozen in time. They are therefore a good source of evidence to scientists studying the history of our planet including the trees and creatures that once lived on it. To gem lovers, the fascinating but true story, enhances the meaning and value of amber.

As a gemstone, amber is not very hard and measures within the 2-3 reading of the Mohs scale. Natural amber is sensitive to heat so should be kept away from heat sources. Though the solubility of amber in acetone, alcohol and other solvents is substantially reduced, you would do good to keep your amber jewelry away from such materials.

Is Kaisilver?

Having established itself as the world's leading online custom jewelry provider, Kaisilver now extends it's merchandise line to include gems. While there is no shortage of gem stones in the global market, reliable sources for the retail buyer requirements are not many. Most retail gem dealers work with limited inventories, this reduces buyer options. Another problem with these small dealers is the lack of information and reliability when it comes to gem authenticity and value for money. Kaisilver with it's wide network of gemstone mining and manufacturing resources, is the best source for gems of all types, shapes, sizes and cuts. With a support team that is compromised of jewelry and gemstone experts, the advice and suggestions made by the team relate to your requirements and not to fixed sales targets. The website shows a small sampling of the gems that we offer. You can infact request for just about any gem on the globe. All gems are sourced directly from the source, closely inspected and then custom cut by our expert cutters. With a buyer base that includes fashion models, government officials, casino and resort owners, lawyers, financial experts, students and professors, doctors and surgeons, sportsmen and newsreaders we have become the preferred choice for quality gems and jewelry. By cutting out middlemen commissions and multiple agents, we provide great value for your money. Our large online operation does not stop us from welcoming even the smallest order. Gold and silver jewelry is custom made with equal attention to quality, material and craftsmanship. You can choose from our designs or send us detailed for the style and design that you need.

 

How To Order?

The process to order gems and custom jewelry at Kaisilver is similar. We do not expect you to make a rush purchase. We do wish that you take the time to discuss your requirements with our experts. They will be in a position to provide constructive suggestions that will guide you to make well informed buying decisions. Email all your requirements to sales@kaisilver.com provide as much inputs as possible to help us make relevant suggestions. For example if you are keen on getting a green gemstone but, are not particular about it being an emerald mention this in your email. Our gem experts might suggest a green tourmaline or even a peridot instead of an emerald. This suggestion would reduce our profit margins but will give you a gem that, is much cheaper and even more durable as compared to an emerald. When it comes to payments we offer some very suitable options. Paypal is the preferred form of payment, it is fair to the buyer and seller. The buyer when using paypal never needs to reveal credit card of bank information to the seller. We also accept direct bank transfers but prefer to do this on a case by case basis. When it comes to online transactions these days, both buyer and seller are afraid of frauds. It is quite possible that you do not feel comfortable working with us at Kaisilver. We sometimes feel a little uncomfortable with certain transactions too and prefer to keep away from them. There have always been fears of processing payments through Western Union money transfers. With the latest fraud reports, fake sellers and even fake buyers have been pulling off many online frauds using this mode of payment. At the same time we do understand that armed forces from the U.S who are stationed in various global positions sometimes have no other mode of payment besides Western Union. We therefore accept this mode of payment but at the same time, request you to avoid this mode if you do not feel comfortable using it. Shipping is done through FEDEX and you can expect a production lead time of around 4 to 5 weeks from the date of order confirmation and receipt of payment. Every jewel is fully custom made and requires the complete attention and concentration of highly skilled craftsmen. When it comes to gems, we could provide faster lead times and this can be discussed for each specific order.

Buyer Testimonials.

Below are a few comments from some of our buyers. As mentioned above we have a very serious interest in buyer satisfaction since our very existence depends solely depends on satisfied buyers. A high degree of repeat orders and a large number of orders being received through buyer recommendations has been at the heart of our success. Kaisilver buyers include people from all professions and walks of life. Fashion models, sportsmen, politicians, lawyers, financial experts, doctors and surgeons, members of the armed forces, newsreaders and journalists, students, casino and resort owners make up most of our buyer list.

.......received ring yesterday as you promised. it is stunning, more beautiful than i expected. the design and craftsmanship are outstanding. thank you again, it has been a pleasure doing business with you. i will highly recommend you to everyone i know, and look forward to doing business with you in the future. your entire staff has been professional and you displayed a high degree of honesty and integrity throughout the transaction. thank your staff and your craftsman for their incredible work. please feel free to use me as a reference as a EXTREMELY satisfied customer. take care, i wish you all well. Lt. Colonel James William Brady USA, Ret. Beverly Hills, Florida
Thank you very much for all your information and help with the production and safe delivery of the ring. It is indeed more than I had hoped forand I'm sure will be a winner with my wife. It is a shame that other firms can not be as helpful, you are all to be congratulated - Thank you again. Mr.Peter Keeble, U.K.

The ring arrived and it is beautiful. Thank you for such a wonderful job. I will be looking at your website over the next couple of weeks to place an additional order. Your workmanship and pricing is excellent.
Thanks again,
Dr. David Williams, U.S

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