Amber, fossilized tree resin millions of years old, has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Ancient beads and carvings testify to the beauty prehistoric man found in this organic gem that glows like honey or drops of the sun.
The two main sources of amber on the market today are the Baltic states and the Dominican Republic. Amber from the Baltic is older and more valuable but amber from the Dominican Republic is more likely to have insect inclusions, which are prized by collectors.
The largest mine in the Baltic region is in Russia, west of Kaliningrad. Baltic amber is found in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Russia, and occasionally washed up on the shores of the Baltic Sea as far away as Denmark, Norway, and England. Other amber sources include Myanmar (Burma), Lebanon, Sicily, Mexico, Romania, Germany, and Canada.
Amber has been used since the stone age, from 13,000 years ago. Amber ornaments have been found in Mycenaean tombs and elsewhere across Europe. To this day it is used in the manufacture of smoking and glassblowing mouthpieces.
Historic medicinal uses
Amber has long been used in folk medicine for its purported healing properties. Amber and extracts were used from the time of Hippocrates in ancient Greece for a wide variety of treatments through the Middle Ages and up until the early twentieth century.
Our amber jewelry usually has no insects frozen inside. However, insect-containing amber may be more valuable, and in fact, maybe useful if you plan on re-animating dinosaurs.
We use Baltic, Russian and Ukrainian amber in our jewelry.
Here is a photo of a silver earrings with brown amber, orange sapphire, black and white CZ:
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