Bernie AKA Lodin's Profile

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Bernie P. AKA Lodin is a Geologist, (Penn State Univ.), a Graduate Gemologist (G.I.A.), lapidary and silversmith/goldsmith, (trained with Alan Revere).
All our beads and stones are guaranteed to be what we describe. He cuts and polishes many of the stones offered here.
Rosita P. is a certified Pearl Grader ( Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.)
She creates eclectic jewelry in various mediums and techniques: bead weaving - bead embroidery - line beading - knotted beading - metalwork - wire weaving - chain mailling, using pearls, stones, beads, metals favoring streamlined jewelry with natural stones. Her pieces are always wearable and elegant for everyday use.
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About the amber sold here:

Here is an aside about amber testing as we have received requests for it…

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  • Joined March 19, 2008

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About

Bernie P. AKA Lodin is a Geologist, (Penn State Univ.), a Graduate Gemologist (G.I.A.), lapidary and silversmith/goldsmith, (trained with Alan Revere).
All our beads and stones are guaranteed to be what we describe. He cuts and polishes many of the stones offered here.
Rosita P. is a certified Pearl Grader ( Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.)
She creates eclectic jewelry in various mediums and techniques: bead weaving - bead embroidery - line beading - knotted beading - metalwork - wire weaving - chain mailling, using pearls, stones, beads, metals favoring streamlined jewelry with natural stones. Her pieces are always wearable and elegant for everyday use.
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About the amber sold here:

Here is an aside about amber testing as we have received requests for it.

The assumption that amber floats in water with a little salt is so common that it has become somewhat an urban legend.
Amber only floats in a SUPER-SATURATED salt water solution. The confusion results, I think, because most people have no idea that super-saturated means a specific chemical technique that needs to be done correctly to result in a correct reading.

How to prepare the solution:

Prepare the super-saturated solution by bringing water to a boil, add salt little by little while boiling. Add as much salt as needed until it no longer dissolves but leaves visible salt crystals in the bottom of the pan. Let the solution cool, then test the amber in this solution.
This test will require quite a lot of salt.
Here is a link explaining super-saturation.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supersaturation
or do a google search on super-saturated solutions.

This test is non-destructive.

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