Who among us, walking by the sea, does not dream of finding a beautiful and natural amber stone under our feet? Everyone, of course. That said, most of us believe that it is unrealistic, and only specialized amber fishermen have the chance to find the “gold of the Baltic Sea”. This is not true at all. Each of us have a chance of finding amber stones on the beach. All it takes is a little patience and determination. Below we give you some tips that will help you in your independent search for amber.
Favorite places of amber
First of all, amber has places where it likes to stay. Therefore, on the way to the beach, do not search for amber in sandy places. Amber likes to hide in garbage at the bottom of the sea. The most common are seaweed and water grass thrown ashore by the sea. It is also often hidden among small black pebbles. And so, in your search for amber on the beach, be sure to first look for darker spots on the shore, or in close proximity to the shore.
The magpie method – we only collect trinkets
Let me give you a hint straight away – amber, like every gemstone, shines. However, for amber this is only possible when it’s wet. This would be another way of finding it. Look for stones that will sparkle in the water. This is also important information for those who enjoy walking on the beach after dark. Amber is reflected in the light of the flashlight. It’s very easily detectable on the beach at night.
Amber is also lighter than other real gems. This means that when we take a handful of stones from the water, the amber will be on top. It might even float. This is one of the oldest methods of searching for amber, which requires only a small vessel. We fill it with some water and coastal sand. We turn the vessel with movements similar to those used by gold diggers in the past. If it contains amber, it will definitely come to the surface.
We verify the find
When we find amber, but we are not entirely sure that it is the stone we have been looking for, we can verify our knowledge on the spot. First, it is worth trying to bite the amber. Real amber will not be as hard as stone. It is, after all, fossilized wood resin. Secondly, amber can be shorty placed over the fire of a match or lighter. With real amber we will feel the smell of resin. There’s nothing left to do but invite you to the Ustka beaches and encourage you to relax and embark on searches of your own.