Another vote for Inspired by Finn! Best prices anywhere and these things are rugged. My toddler is still wearing hers and it's still going strong. I like that it does not have magnetic clasps which are dangerous because if baby manages to swallow them, it can be life-threatening. Inspired by Finn sells necklaces that are strong but will break if enough pressure is applied to them to cause strangling. The beads are knotted on so if it breaks, they will not all fall off and pose a choking hazard.
Originally Posted by tankgirl136
I asked on another thread but sadly didn't get an answer, I was wondering how do you make sure what you are getting is REAL amber? I learned a few years ago how common fake amber is (either Resin or another material that is basically young amber with different qualities) on the market. I actually stopped buying amber after I learned this, but now I am curious about it's use for teething, but putting a resin fake on my baby would make me a little mad, you know so how do you know what you are getting is the real stuff?
Inspired by Finn guarantees theirs and after checking, the one that I bought is definitely 100% real amber. There are many ways you can tell. You can look for seams on the beads. Also, look for imperfections in the surface. With resin beads, they will usually all be the same shape. Choose a necklace with irregularly shaped beads and be sure that they are all different so you know they have not been made in a mold. The most definite way to tell is to heat a pin in a candle and poke it into one of the beads. Resin and plastic beads will melt. Amber will not.
In addition, I have read that ONLY BALTIC AMBER contains the essential painkilling chemical that helps with teething. Also, I have read that the lighter the color of the beads, the more of this chemical (can't for the life of me remember what it's called now) it contains.