When I think about the process amber has gone through–the very amber I hold in my hand or wear around my neck–I feel deeply impressed by nature’s wisdom and sense of creation. This precious resin, the primary function of which was to heal the wounds of its source tree, has became a great source of wealth and beauty for us all.
Amber has become an extremely desirable gemstone, used often in cosmetics and medicine, but found mainly in jewellery design. Looking closely at a piece of amber, you can spot insects, moss, tree bark, pine needles, and even small lizards. These evidences of history and life were trapped many millions of years ago when the resin was sticky and fresh.
The most popular type of amber is is Baltic amber (succinite), gathered on the Baltic coast. Strong storms wash up pieces of amber from the bottom of the sea and toss them ashore along with fucus (also called “amber herb”). Succinite has a characteristic golden color, while also appearing orange, yellow, green, and sometimes even purple or black. As a rule, all amber is transparent.
Searching for amber requires patience and evokes emotions comparable to the search for gold. Beaches along the Baltic coast are often combed by vacationers after storms, especially during spring and autumn.
Baltic amber is formed from resin leaked from ancient conifers, and burnt amber smells of the forest. Each Baltic amber lump is about 40 million years old and has witnessed many changes in the history of our planet. The amber hides great secrets…
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