Genuine Baltic Amber
Amber is fossilized tree resin, which has been
appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Much
valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone, amber is made into a
variety of decorative objects. Amber is used as an ingredient in perfumes,
as a healing agent in folk medicine, and as jewelry.
Unpolished amber stones
Amber is sometimes
called the Gold of the Baltic Sea. Amber jewelry is a product of
nature, with its unique inclusions, colors and textures. Every piece is unique
and cannot be exactly duplicated. It is not just jewelry, but a product of
value, symbol of eternity and luxury. Amber is also known for its healing
properties as it was used for that purpose for many centuries. Scientific
research has determined that amber worn against the body releases natural oils
onto the skin that are then circulated into the bloodstream.
of amber torn from the seafloor are cast up by the waves, and collected by
hand, dredging, or diving. Elsewhere, amber is mined, both in open works and
underground galleries. The
world's largest Amber deposits come from the shores of the Baltic Sea, where
Amber has been harvested, traded, and crafted into decorative objects for at
least 13,000 years.
Amber is thought to be a bit of the sun with the power to bring good
fortune. The Greeks called amber "electron," which led to the modern
word for electricity. Amber can give off sparks when rubbed, which may be why
it is considered a lucky charm. Both Chinese and Muslim cultures burn amber as
incense, to protect against evil spirits.
Examples of precious antique amber carvings
ca. 2 1/4 “ (5.5 cm) x
1 5/8 “ (4 cm)
35 – 50 million years
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