Amber is a fossilized resin, where the molecules have to polmerize which can take over 100,000 years.  After polymerization, amber becomes less soluble in organic solvents.  It has a Mohs hardness scale of 2-2.5.  

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Object U Number Museum Number (UPM Date Reg Number) Museum Number (BM Registration Number) Museum Number (UPM B-number) Description (Catalog Card)
17056 31-43-159 (none) (none) Beads. Amethyst oval, flat on our side, convex on the other. Quartz lentoids and double conoids. Jasper lentoid. Agate barrels and lentoids. Granite double conoid. Black steatite amulet, on oval shaped stamp seal with an animal figure engraved thereon surmounted by a squatting lion. Glass paste scaraboid bead. Carnelian double conoids.
17086 (none) (none) (none) Bracelet. Amethyst beads. Facetted double conoids and oval beads. Lozange shaped in section, 3 scaraboid beads, our chalcedony (?) engraved with a very roughly drawn horned beast, one greyish steatite engraved with a gazelle one carnelian engraved thus [reference to drawing]. One square agate bead - lozange shaped section. One lapis lazuli bead thus. One agate barrel. Glass paste beads, mostly balls. [drawing]
17911L (none) (none) (none) Group from one burial. (A) Gold frontlet. (B) 3 twisted gold hair ribbons [B and I-J], (C) 2 gold hair rings [C and K], spirally coiled with hollow lunate ends. (D) 2 necklaces [D and L], [D] one of gold ribbed balls between agate lentoids, [L] the other of flat agate lentoids, 1 flat barrel lapis lazuli, 2 carnelian bugles, 1 granite lentoid. 3 double conoid lapis lazuli, 1 flat barrel amber. (E) Shell cylinder seal. Obscured. (F) Silver spiral finger ring (G) 2 silver bracelets (H) Silver pin, round with square tang
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