There are no images of genuine ambergris on this page.
On this page you will find photos and descriptions of “the usual suspects”. These are the materials most commonly mistaken for ambergris. These materials share some characteristics with genuine ambergris and easily confuse beachcombers in their search.
You may be able to identify the material you have collected from the information below.
If you are unable to identify your find; please go to our “sell ambergris” page and complete the evaluation form.
Ambergris is dense and typically has a very hard texture (like rock or dry clay).
Ambergris never has any transparent quality.
Ambergris is never fibrous. Light coloured ambergris (white/grey) does not have a bad (rotten/manure) odour.
Ambergris is never pliable unless it is jet black in colour.
Ambergris never has a glassy interior texture