Amber Value

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Cabochons

All Sizes
With Insect Inclusions
- per gram
Plain Cabochons
- per gram

Prices may be higher for pieces with inclusions of rare insects. Amber is commonly sold by grams, not carats. 1 gram = 5 carats.

Faceted

All Sizes
Beads or Drops
- per gram

Amber is rarely faceted.

Accompanying value information:
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The highest values go to those pieces with clearly visible insect inclusions, light colors, and clarity. Since the Jurassic Park movie, the most popular inclusions are mosquitos. Inclusions of plant material, while of great interest to scientists, add little to the value of jewelry. (These inclusions are often too small to be recognized easily). Very large amber pieces are extremely rare. Good quality material is seldom used for anything but jewelry.

Amber, Dominican Republic (with insect inclusion)

Amber, Dominican Republic (with insect inclusion). Photo © Joel E. Arem, PhD, FGA. Used with permission.

For more information on amber quality factors, consult our buying guide.