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Hiya, I don't know abou what specifically you are talking about, i.e. if someone is marketting amber teething necklaces speicfically for teething, but I thought I ought to comment on commercial amber!
Where my perspective comes from: I studied Gemmology as a trade (the study of gemstones incl. amber, shell etc etc) and received 'certification' of my qualifications. I am an FcGMa (fellow of the can. gem. assoc)
Amber commercially is often treated. This can be as simple as a heat treatment, but most often times is heated in oils (usually a veg based oil but you can't be sure its clean), colored, plastic coating, plastic impregnation, as well as who knows what to shine it, buff it, and make it a sparkly.pretty color.
I would hesitate using an amber product that looked really pretty. It usually means its been treated somehow (specifically if it has a sun spangled look, this means its been heated, most likely with oils--although most often in a veg based oil, but again who can be sure)
Anywho, if someone is marketting amber teething necklaces, be sure to find out where the amber is coming from, what it looks like, and if its been treated...but be forewarned the majority of salepeople have no idea the 'behind the scenes' treatments done to gem materials.