Natural Baltic Amber
Since formed approximately 45 million years ago, Natural Baltic Amber has been appreciated for its unique beauty for thousands of years all over the world. Scientists claim it's in fact an organic substance coming from ancient pine trees that grew in Northern Europe at the time when climate got warmer.
In short Natural Baltic Amber is a fossilized resin thus it consists mainly of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Although not mineralized, it is often referred to as a gemstone. Now wonder, since the amber artisans are able to create breathtaking pieces of jewelry using techniques developed over generations. They put time, effort and the best handcraft knowledge to shape every item and enhance natural beauty of Baltic Amber.
Baltic Amber (photo credit: Wikipedia)
The resin went through many processes till it could be called real amber. The final form of this kind of fossil has also some extraordinary properties:
- Amber floats in salt water (usually at temperature around 4oC), but sinks in fresh water.
- Amber is light, so amber jewelry can be worn comfortably.
- Baltic Amber contains up to 8% of succinic acid, which is considered to be a healing substance. Mainly because it activates cell metabolism and helps to overcome inflammation.
- Diversity of colors and shapes of the amber make it an unusual fossil. From white, all kinds of yellow shades to a beautiful and rare deep red cherry color.
- It has got low electrical and thermal conductivity.
- Colors of amber change due to the impact of light. This amazing feature makes amber jewelry so unique.
Other Names for Amber Stone
Synonyms: Allingite, Ambar, Ambroid, Ambroite, Chryselectrum, Glessum, Glesum, Lyncurium, Lynx-stone, Succinite
Names in Other Languages
Bosnian (Latin Script):Ćilibar
German:Bernstein, Agstein, Aidstein, Allingit, Ambroit, Grabstein, Succinit
Serbian (Cyrillic Script):Ћилибар
Spanish:Ámbar, Allingita, Ambroita , Succinita