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PurpleLoxodont

Hi, I'm new to this site so apologies if i'm doing anything wrong, but i'm interested in purchasing amber with inclusions from the internet, I understand UKGE is a reputable UK online seller and this led me to online. I then found several other amber pieces with beautiful inclusions and I just wondered if anyone could help to point me in the direction of some good sellers. Many thanks :)

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DevonianDigger

Generally speaking, I think the forum tries to avoid openly endorsing any dealers. That being said, there might be some members who have some pieces they would sell. Welcome to the forum!!

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bcfossilcollector

Hi and welcome to the forum!  It’s generally against forum policy to name dealers directly and/or to link to websites regarding the same as DevonianDigger has mentioned. Posting images for identification/authentication is fine as long as no websites or sellers are mentioned or copyrights violated. @Fossildude19I can send you a pm of a dealer whom I trust if you wish. I’m fairly certain that is allowed?

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PMs are allowed. Feel free to PM suggestions to the OP. :) 

We generally just don't wish to publicly endorse any  commercial dealers on the open Forums.  ;)                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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PurpleLoxodont

I have one item in particular i'd like to know the validity of, if anyone could dm me and help me find if this is a reputable buyer I would be very grateful!

 

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Fossildude19

You are more than welcome to post images of the fossil in question, to determine authenticity. This is the more relevant issue. ;)

 

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Even a reputable dealer can make a mistake. Your best bet is to post a photo of it here.

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PurpleLoxodont

s-l1600.jpgThis particular listing is also from China, idk if that makes it more or less likely to be reputable

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2 hours ago, PurpleLoxodont said:

s-l1600.jpgThis particular listing is also from China, idk if that makes it more or less likely to be reputable

No immediate red flags on this piece. A lot of fake ones will be very obvious, such as being free of debris and having a large and perfect insect inside. A lot of amber tends to be cheap, so I would always recommend buying a cheap piece from a seller and running some tests on it. If you take a look through the forum, there are plenty of posts detailing how to test amber to see if its fake.

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As to your question about China, it is definitely true that Chinese fossils are often faked. However, Myanmar is a very big supplier of amber, known as burmite I believe. Since Myanmar borders China, Chinese sellers are a very big supplier of burmite. So don't let the seller's location discourage any purchase. But as always, it's good to exercise caution.

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2 hours ago, connorp said:

So don't let the seller's location discourage any purchase.

As mentioned above, a seller's location is not definitive to authenticity.  Fake fossils have been made on every continent.  ;)

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On 24/03/2019 at 5:17 PM, bcfossilcollector said:

Hi and welcome to the forum!  It’s generally against forum policy to name dealers directly and/or to link to websites regarding the same as DevonianDigger has mentioned. Posting images for identification/authentication is fine as long as no websites or sellers are mentioned or copyrights violated. @Fossildude19I can send you a pm of a dealer whom I trust if you wish. I’m fairly certain that is allowed?

Bcfossilcollector, if not too much trouble. Would you allow me to contact you via PM too?
I would like to know a trustable dealer, since I'm pretty uncertain on how to buy amber....
 

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1 hour ago, JohnJ said:

  Fake fossils have been made on every continent.  

And they can travel very far.

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2 hours ago, JulianoLPD said:

Bcfossilcollector, if not too much trouble. Would you allow me to contact you via PM too?
I would like to know a trustable dealer, since I'm pretty uncertain on how to buy amber....
 

Sending pm now

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PurpleLoxodont

Does anyone know reputable sellers of Burmese Amber which sell to the UK? And would anyone be willing to DM me about the listing/seller I found? Thanks in advance

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7 hours ago, PurpleLoxodont said:

Does anyone know reputable sellers of Burmese Amber which sell to the UK? And would anyone be willing to DM me about the listing/seller I found? Thanks in advance

PM me re the seller and I’ll have s look for you :) 

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