Baltic amber, found in the areas around the Baltic Sea is known for its array of fine golden amber colours and is the only form of amber which has therapeutic value.
The second largest source of amber is found in the Baltic region. In ancient times, huge forests were growing and rivers washed and collected resin from forest soil towards the sea. Baltic amber originates from the seabed and is often found washed ashore.
Amber resin is not the same as typical tree sap – we know amber as fossilized resin specifically sourced from pine trees (Pinus succinifera), dating as far back as 50 million years ago. In nature, this soft and sticky resin would have been used as a healing mechanism by the tree itself, as a natural antibiotic or preservation from infection or injury.
A Timeless Reality…
This sticky resin often contains animal and plant inclusions, mostly mosquitoes and other insect species that were ’caught’ and then preserved in the fossilization process – they are excellent research material for paleontologists and are often the subject of interest of hobbyists and collectors. Some inclusions, which have retained their three-dimensional form, can be examined as carefully as contemporary living specimens.
Amber gemstones do not float in freshwater, but float in saltwater.
Baltic amber is not only a jewellery gem, but also a witness of life dating back in time unimaginable! To continue this precious timepiece, keep your Amber jewellery as a family heirloom.