Where should I buy amber jewelry?

Old Sep 30th, 2008, 03:34 PM
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Where should I buy amber jewelry?

We are going on a Russian River Cruise, leaving Monday, October 6th. It is the usual route on the Volga, Moscow to St. Petersburg. Where should I buy amber jewelry? I don't want plastic but I am not prepared to spend thousands. Any suggestions?
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Old Sep 30th, 2008, 03:44 PM
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P.S. what do you know about Chaika watches?
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Old Sep 30th, 2008, 04:16 PM
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Tons of places in St. Petersburg sell amber. Be cautious of the street vendors.

Tip: Put the amber in your mouth before buying. If it tastes like the sea, then it's probably amber.

Or you can take Rick Steves' advice and take a tour of the Summer Palace and when no one's looking, take a piece from the walls of the amber room.
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Old Sep 30th, 2008, 04:28 PM
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cute, Dutch
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Old Sep 30th, 2008, 06:19 PM
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Wait a minute -- put it in your mouth? What seller of amber is going to let you put the thing in your mouth? And how do you know who was the last person to put that very same piece in his or her mouth? This is among the most intriguing piece of advice I've ever seen in this forum!
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According to the site below, Dutch is correct (though I'd never do it.) Scroll down & there are some tips to check but not all are practical in a market.

http://www.uniquejewelryguide.com/amber-jewelry.html
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Old Oct 1st, 2008, 04:13 AM
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I was hoping to get a suggestion - as in names of shops or areas of a city, etc. Would St. P or Moscow or one of the smaller towns on the Volga have a better price or selection, etc. Yes, I have read of seeing if it tastes of plastic or the sea or putting a flame against it to see if it melts or scratching it to see if it smells of pine, etc. HOWEVER, none of the above appeals to me or would likely be well received in a shop. The cute remark for Dutch was the bit about Rick Steves....Anyway, again does anyone know of an area or shop city...
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There is no amber in Russia, the jewellery comes from Latvia and Lithuania. So I guess those would be better places to buy amber jewellery.
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Thanks Ellina that was most hellpfull.
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There is an amber shop in the Catherine Palace is St. Petersburg. While it has only fixed prices, the quality and authenticity of the goods is unquestioned.
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buy it on your cruise ship. a bit pricier but definitely the real thing. i bought a small necklace and 2 pairs of earrings. love them. also bought a chaika watch. beautiful and inexpensive. a wind-up.
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bought the watch in uglich, not on the boat.
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Hi Marlib:

Have a happy and interesting journey...well be eight days behind you, leaving on the 14th. My third trip to what was the USSR, first time since USSR faded. We saw amber everywhere in '85...wife bought a necklace in St. Pete (Leningrad at that time), had it appraised in L.A. and it's supposedly the real stuff. Not a lot of money at that time..who knows about now??

We leave on Viking Oct 14th, Mos. to St.P ...the weather forecast is as expected...COLD (for us Californians, anyway)...ranging highs from 45-53 F.....lows, you don't want to know! But I was there in October back in '85, and in April-May years before that...yes, it was cold in both April and October..but in my opinon, far better than the heat of summer and swarms of flies/mosquitos from everything I've heard since then.

You will undoubtedly be intriqued with the exotic feel of Russia...we can't wait to experience the changes...some for the good, others not so good!

We'll be heading to both Belarus and Ukraine after the river trip, on our own, to do some familial research. Weather forecasts not much different. Brrr.

stu t.
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I just consulted my old journal...the amber piece was bought at one of the "friendship" shops found in Leningrad, next to the Pribaltiskaya Hotel,(at the tme, state controlled "Beriozka" stores)..we were told that their were no "fake" anythings there...proved true in thie one case.

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Lots of Russian amber for sale in Alaska.
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Old Oct 1st, 2008, 11:46 AM
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Thanks for the information everyone! Jeff, Althom and Tower you were most helpful, that was the kind of suggestions that I had in mind. Tower, I would love to hear a trip report comparing and contrasting Russia, from what you experienced in the 80's and now.
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1951,

Will you be going to any of the other Baltic countries during this trip?
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You can do electricity test: try rubbing it with fur and then bring it close to tiny pieces of paper. The static chage will attract the paper like a magnet while copal and plastic will not.
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You can also use velvet or any "puffy" fabric instead of fur.
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My mother bought me some nice amber earrings in the ladies toilets at Moscow Railway Station, but that was several years ago.
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