We bought many pieces of amber from an estate sale a few months ago and we're trying to get ready to sell it and need some help on the research. I posted one necklace on this board earlier in the month. Since then, I have gone to a local jeweler and had the refractive index tested on all the pieces and they said these are all definitely amber. I have also weighed all of the pieces since it seems the gram weight is important. There are three necklaces, four rings, two sets of earrings,a pendant, a large pin and two elastic bracelets. (I might have left a piece out). One necklace is red amber beads with a 14K filigree clasp but the rest of the pieces are yellow or Baltic amber and some pieces have sterling. Several pieces (rings & pin) with metal have Russian hallmarks. One necklace is raw pieces but the others are carved. In fact, I guess all the other pieces are carved. The rings with gold are gold plated over sterling. According to the estate history, these pieces were all vintage and purchased in Russia or from family there. I am not having much luck researching these pieces on eBay because prices are all over the map and I lack the knowledge to discern the differences. You'll see one necklace from China for $6 and another for $2000. I am experimenting with the photos taking them on light and dark backgrounds and may get some jewelry displays to make the photos look better. I will take better pics before I attempt to list these.
Just looking for some help or ideas. Any research links for amber jewelry would be appreciated. Hoping that some of you can share your expertise. Thanks much.