Beeswax

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Beeswax is one of the most fantastical jewels in the natural world. The causes of beeswax are diverse, and researchers from all walks of life have provided a total of more than 30 different theories about the formation of beeswax, one of which is the most authoritative: beeswax was formed by the sap of pine trees, maple trees and other coniferous trees buried deep underground during the Eocene period in the geological era, and fused with air, water and various minerals in the soil. It is tens to hundreds of millions of years old.

Beeswax is one of the most fantastical jewels in the natural world.

Beeswax Alias: tree sap fossil Origin: Baltic Sea and Northern Europe.Melting point: 250-375 degrees Water solubility: insoluble in water Ingredients: succinic acid, sulfur, iron ore, etc.

1.What is beeswax?

What is beeswax

Beeswax is an amorphous part of the organization is more loose and does not contain other minerals beeswax can float in water (English beeswax Amber word from the Arabic, its original meaning is "floating in water"). Beeswax generates electrostatic charge by friction, and can absorb light objects such as paper and iron filings, and some of them also have electrostatic charge without friction, which makes it feel like a "sip" when held.

In China, there have been several different names for beeswax since ancient times, such as tiger pearl, amber, perle, beeswax, jade, jiangzhu, dunmu, yupei, and red rosin, etc. There are also local and contemporary names for beeswax. But nowadays, beeswax and amber refer to different minerals, and the year of beeswax formation is more than 20 million years or even 100 million years, while the year of amber formation in the Baltic Sea is only 40 or 50 million years.

Beeswax has always been a treasure for the noblemen to collect and play with. At present, there are not many precious beeswaxes on the market, most of them are ordinary beeswaxes ranging from a few tens to hundreds of dollars. The ordinary beeswax has no collection value and can only be used as ornaments, at least the beeswax of more than ten thousand yuan is considered to be passable. Most of the beeswaxes that cost several thousand dollars or even tens of thousands of dollars are yellow beeswaxes produced from the Baltic Sea as well as from Northern Europe. It is usually only yellow, and some of them are even translucent. Such beeswax is about four or five million years old. Because of the relatively short formation period, such beeswax is not completely petrified and its texture is still relatively soft, so it is less expensive. The origin of the truly rare beeswax is usually in Iran and Afghanistan, as well as Myanmar, Pakistan and Africa. The beeswax from these origins comes in many colors due to the differences in burial geology containing minerals. These rare beeswaxes have been formed for more than 40 to 50 million years, or even more than 100 million years, and are very rare in quantity.

This year has appreciated 80% rare products always attract the attention of investors and collectors. In recent years, beeswax prices have been rising at a rate of greater than 30 percentage points per year. Since this year, the rise has been even more impressive and has appreciated by 80% from the beginning to the middle of the year.

2.How to identify beeswax

How to identify beeswax

The rising price of beeswax is a matter of the past two years, and it still maintains its upward trend this year. Since the beginning of the year, the market price of beeswax has again increased by 20% to 30%, and the good quality of beeswax has even doubled, and its sales even exceeded the traditional jadeite, so many businessmen operating jadeite in the market have started to sell beeswax, and even directly switched to the beeswax business.

Due to the rising price of beeswax, there are a large number of fakes and forgeries in the market, and the common counterfeiting methods are mainly based on low-grade amber, plastic products, chemical synthesis, resin products, etc. in order to fake the real thing, which makes beeswax a disaster area of counterfeiting. Therefore, it is especially important to master some common identification methods before collecting beeswax. For this reason, Li Xiaoxu introduced two practical identification methods.

Method 1: Visual inspection, the genuine product contains more bubbles in its body.

Visual inspection, the genuine product contains more bubbles in its body

The color of beeswax is very rich, besides the common yellow, there are red, blue, black, purple, green, etc. And the color looks very comfortable and the color transition is very natural, the color of synthetic beeswax often varies in shades. When buying beeswax, observe the bubbles contained in it first, if the bubbles are mostly round then it is real, generally speaking the bubbles in synthetic beeswax are mostly long and flat. Beeswax is warm to touch and does not feel cold, while synthetic beeswax is as cold to touch as it is to touch jade, glass and other objects. Rub its surface with your hand, the one that will produce pine fragrance is the real one; or the needle will burn red and stab the beeswax, there will be a faint smell of rosin, while bakelite and plastic will emit a pungent stench and stick to the needle, many collectors use this method to identify the authenticity of beeswax.

Method 2: Salt water measurement, 1:4 salt water in the real product floating.

Salt water measurement, 1:4 salt water in the real product floating

Plastic, low-grade amber and resin products are all materials used to fake beeswax. Some unscrupulous businessmen use the trimmings of beeswax or the powder scattered during processing for heat melting and shaping to make artificial synthetic beeswax. It is very complicated to identify this kind of beeswax, so collectors have to be more careful when purchasing and try to avoid being fooled. Usually, the density of beeswax is between 1.05 and 1.10, so in 1:4 salt water, the real product can float up and the fake product is sinking; using nail polish de-glossing water to test its surface, beeswax will not have any reaction, while Koopa resin will corrode; unmounted beeswax beads placed in the hands and gently rubbed, will emit a very soft slightly dull sound, if the sound of plastic or resin is more crisp

3.Beeswax effects and efficacy

Beeswax effects and efficacy

Beeswax has some therapeutic and curative effects on human ailments. A study on a sample of 260 people confirmed that after wearing beeswax for 3 months, it was effective for symptoms such as dizziness, tinnitus, insomnia, forgetfulness, stomach pain, enteritis, rheumatism, back pain, cough, etc. with an efficiency of 87%.

Beeswax has been buried deep underground for more than 10 million years. It is loved by people for its ironing feel and comfortable color. Studies have concluded that the elements contained in beeswax can promote metabolism, remove residual toxins from the body, improve cellular resistance to diseases and aging, and help blood vessels flow smoothly. Wearing or using it to massage affected areas can improve rheumatic pain, backache, limb paralysis, frozen shoulder, etc. It can prevent tumors and osteoporosis.

Beeswax can refresh the mind and relieve eye fatigue, it can also reduce the discomfort of the body when people are under tension, such as some people's body will tremble and their face will be red, beeswax can help you to concentrate and calm your mind, reduce your interference from the outside world, it can also improve your balance, especially when standing in high places, and reduce your psychological burden.

4.How to maintain beeswax

How to maintain beeswax

Beeswax contains the great efficacy of matter and mind, which is not comparable to ordinary jewelry, so we should be extra careful in the maintenance of beeswax. Since ancient times, beeswax has been inseparable from human life, people use beeswax to make herbal medicine, use beeswax to make beautiful decorations, and the efficacy of beeswax plays a good role around us, so we I regularly take care of beeswax.

When wearing beeswax, pay attention not to be close to places with high temperature, this is the same as crystal, as mentioned in many crystal maintenance, the melting point of beeswax bottom so afraid of heat, should be placed in a place to avoid high temperature and direct sunlight.

Beeswax is characterized by its low density, so when wearing or storing it, avoid colliding with hard objects or putting it together with other stones to avoid collision damage.

The main component of beeswax is hydrocarbon, so it should avoid contact with chemicals such as alcohol, detergent and laundry, so it is better not to wear it when doing housework or washing clothes to avoid chemical effects and dissolution.

If you wear beeswax for a long time, its surface will be prone to oxidation and lose its original luster, so you can use a stocking to rub it gently on its surface until it gets slightly hot, and then the luster of beeswax will reappear.

Beeswax has the beautiful characteristics of gemstones and the natural spirituality of crystals. Nowadays, there are more and more people who like beeswax crafts, but the maintenance of beeswax is often neglected by people, it can make you beautiful and elegant, it can make you youthful and lovely, so love it and cherish and maintain it.

5.The difference between beeswax and amber

The difference between beeswax and amber

A, transparency: in fact, beeswax is a kind of amber, transparent called amber, opaque called beeswax, this is the most intuitive and the most simple way to distinguish them. In fact, there is no difference between beeswax and amber, and the difference in transparency is only caused by the fact that beeswax contains more succinic acid.

Second, the price: the price of beeswax jewelry is generally 2 - 4 times the price of amber jewelry, and in recent years the price gap between the two is even greater. Businesses selling beeswax often use the phrase "a thousand years of amber, ten thousand years of beeswax" to misleadingly advertise that beeswax products are rare and valuable. In fact, if we check the historical documents, we will find that there is no basis for this, but it is just a popular pseudo-cultural marketing method. But natural beeswax is still very rare, more scarce than amber reserves, so if the 10mm amber string is generally about 1000, while the beeswax string may be about 2000, so basically beeswax is more expensive than amber.

Third, the artistic value: the name beeswax is formed by the history of China, because the official support of Tibetan Buddhism in the Qing Dynasty, as one of the seven treasures of Tibetan Buddhism, beeswax was attached to a special meaning became multiplied in value. The amber and beeswax artworks and household items made in the Ming and Qing dynasties have today a heritage value and the value is not measurable in money.


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