Caribbean Green Amber

Valerio888, an amber-jewelry manufacturing company in New York, is promoting Caribbean amber, a transparent green gem material that the company says is the color of the Caribbean Sea. It's found on an undisclosed small Caribbean island, close to the Dominican Republic, where other ambers have been found. But there is some confusion about what it really is and a question among amber experts as to how it should be labeled. Visual clues such as sun-spangle inclusions—and confirmation from Valerio888—establishes the material as “heated and pressure enhanced.” Amber can be clarified and shaped by using heat and pressure. Such amber is called “pressed,” and gem identification laboratories, such as the Gemological Institute of America's Gem Lab, as well as suppliers of the material, are required by the Federal Trade Commission to label it “pressed amber.” As for the unusua

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