The color of ambergris should be dark or light brown, sometimes
Also squid beaks may appear on it, squid beaks look like pieces
of dark brown or black, somewhat triangular, shiny plastic
and usually vary in size from half a centimetre to one centimetre
It is hard like a stone but breakable,granulous and waxy.
If you scratch it with your fingernail some little parts will
Ambergris has a very strong smell, these are the most common
odors of it :
Marine [the smell of the sea], animal [like a horse], musky
sweet, [like the smell of a new car], seaweed, faecal [like
Properties of ambergris:
Ambergris is found in lumps of various shapes and sizes, weighing
from ½ oz (14 g) to 100 or more pounds (10 to 200kgs).
Testing your ambergris:
As a test for ambergris the hot wire or needle test is the
most simple since it requires no special apparatus. A wire
or needle is heated in a gas or candle flame for 15 seconds
and then pressed into the sample to a depth of 1 cm. If it
is genuine ambergris, a dark brown to black opaque resinous
liquid will form around the wire and appear to boil. Touch
the ambergris with the finger before it cools and if the sample
is true ambergris it will leave tacky, pitch-like "strings"
sticking to the skin. When the wire, which retains portions
of the melted material, is again heated in the flame, true
ambergris will give off a white fume having the same characteristic
odor as the solid, and then burn with a luminous flame.
Let us have a look !
Descriptions are useful. They can give us some excellent clues
regarding your find but they they don't give absolute proof.
We need to see what you've got !
So it is important if you can mail us some photos. If we think
it is ambergris, we will ask a small sample to evaluate.