Raw and polished amber are forms of Baltic amber. There are a number of differences between them in terms of appearance and treatment process:
Amber in its natural state is known as raw amber. There is an earthy, coarse look to it, and its natural beauty remains untouched, compared to other types of stone. The raw amber is not subjected to any kind of treatment at all. Amber is a hard, rough, and dull substance on the surface. It is subjected to a polishing process from spending years tumbling in the sea. This smooths out the surface but still leaves it with a porous matte finish despite the fact that the surface has been smoothed. As a result of the porous surface, with which the amber is made, there is a greater surface area which allows for a greater amount of amber to be in contact with the skin.
Amber polished to create a smooth, shiny surface has been created by polishing raw amber stone to create a smooth, shiny surface. Compared to raw amber, polished amber has smooth, even surfaces, resulting in a remarkable lustre, as opposed to the rough, uneven surfaces of raw amber. Amber that has been polished involves a stronger polishing process that removes all the oxidised amber from the outermost layer of the amber. This results in a shiny, almost see-through amber bead. With a beautiful smooth shimmery finish, they glisten in the sunlight and have a very appealing glisten in the sun.
Both raw and polished amber have the same amount of healing properties. It is often the preference of the individual which determines whether raw or polished amber should be chosen. However, the raw variety is usually chosen due to its naturalness.
One of the ways people wear their raw amber stone is with a necklace or bracelet. Pictured is a Raw Honey coloured bracelet. You can get various colours from a light yellow (Lemon) to a darker brown (Cognac) to a deep red (Cherry) and even a Black. Choose the one you prefer.
This is a totally raw amber stone piece. It has not been altered in any way. Until it is polished or cleaned, you are unable to tell what colour it may be. We sell raw amber pieces here. These can be fashioned into anything you want. Raw amber has a porous surface that allows more amber to be in contact with the skin, which may offer greater benefits.
If you want to take your research further, there is some good information here.
Baltic Amber Masters offers a number of ready made amber products, such as: