Baltic amber is fossil resin produced by pine trees which grew in Northern Europe about 50 million years ago. The resin was washed out of the forest floor by large rivers and transported south towards the sea. In the course of time the resin was transformed to amber due to processes of polymerisation and oxidation.
Found since Neolithic times, amber is considered to be one of the biggest treasures of our nature. You need evidence? Just explore the unique and extraordinary beauty of every single piece of amber. It preserves a tiny bit of nature as it is nature who is the creator of it and not man. Lithuanian sea sides are famous for the amber found on the shores of the Baltic Sea. What is more, Lithuania even has its own Amber Museum in Palanga, one of the biggest Lithuanian sea sides. Many souvenirs made from amber are sold in Lithuania and by some people amber is even considered to be the gold of nature.
Europeans have used amber for centuries and believed it had magical powers. Of course back then, they didn’t realise that amber contains an acid called Succinic Acid. Succinic Acid is found naturally in our bodies and in plants. All our amber is sourced by us and then handmade for us by our team of ladies in Lithuania into the beautiful jewellery you see in our store.
If you have an allergy to trees or tree resin please do not use amber as it may cause an allergic reaction.
Amber is the fossilised resin from ancient forests. Amber is not produced from tree sap, but rather from plant resin. This aromatic resin can drip from and ooze down trees, as well as fill internal fissures, trapping debris such as seeds, leaves, feathers and insects. The resin becomes buried and fossilised through a natural polymerisation of the original organic compounds.
The History of Amber:
Amber is technically not a gemstone or mineral, but instead is fossilised tree sap from prehistoric trees that grew as far back as almost fifty million years ago. When a tree is injured or is subjected to a radical climate change, it will produce resin. The radical climate change took place millions of years ago. Sometime in periods between 10 and 100 million years ago, these resin-bearing trees fell and were carried by rivers to coastal regions. Trees and their resins became covered by sediment, and over millions of years the resin had gone through a number of changes over millions of years. The result of this metamorphosis is an exceptional gem with extraordinary properties. It is exploited and used by both craftsmen and scientist.
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 known as the gold of the Baltic Sea. The most famous and sought after is Baltic Amber from the Baltic Sea which is generally accepted as the finest Amber in the world. Although large part of Amber stones are sea born, meaning that rivers and streams carried them to seas and oceans, the major share of worldwide amber resources is hidden deep in the underground similar to that of minerals.
Baltic amber has been historically significant in medicine dating back to prehistoric times. Small pieces of amber have been found inserted under the skin of ancient Egyptian mummies. The Egyptians believed in amber's power to stop destruction and decay. The ancient Romans and Greeks believed in the magical power of amber, they even buried people with amber necklaces as a symbol of influence and power. In ancient China it was customary to burn amber during large festivities. This practice both signified the wealth of the host as well as honouring the guests.
Obviously amber has always been widely used in jewellery and arts. Many jewellers who create outstanding designs enjoy working with amber because of its unique feature to spread the warmth. It is also a relatively soft material with various colour shades, thus a piece of amber jewellery can include a stunning arrangement of tones and hues. Amber jewellery is a product of nature, with its unique inclusions, colours and textures every piece is never the same. That's what adds extra character, beauty and mystery. Amber is also important in religion as it was used in various rituals.
Well-crafted amber jewellery lasts forever.