1. Does it melt? Real amber will not melt when heated, but plastic will.
2. Take the acetone test – put a small amount of nail polish remover on a make up pad and rub it on the surface of the bead – real amber will not be damaged.
3. Does it float in salt water? Add half a cup of salt to one cup of water and mix well. If the bead sinks, it’s not amber.