What is Baltic Amber?
What is Amber?
In the 70’s, two hippies named Michael and Barbara named me Amber, after the beautiful stone that was wildly popular at the time. I’ve always been proud of the meaning of my name, “precious gemstone”. I had no idea that some day I would fall in love with the stone, and that I would become an amber jewelry designer. I kind of feel it was destiny that brought me to this moment in time, writing a blog post called, “What is Amber?”. So here it is below in a nutshell.
Fossilized Tree Resin
Amber is fossilized resin, which comes from ancient trees. When trees get cuts and breaks, it excludes resin. When this substance is released from the tree, within time it starts to harden. Debri such as seeds, leaves, feathers, and insects get trapped in the resin. In most cases, resin falls into the ground and stays buried near the base of the tree where it hardens for many years
Copal vs. Amber
If this resin is younger than two thousand years, it is quite commonly referred to as copal.
Copal is quite similar to true amber; however it is still soft and not fully fossilized. We use true amber and not copal. Even though copal turns into amber over time, the process takes thousands of years.
Not all Created Equal
It is important to know where your amber comes from. Baltic amber is amber found in the Baltic Sea region. Amber found here, is considered by experts to be the highest quality and is most sought after by jewelry makers. We only use Baltic amber in our jewelry. Bali
Where is Baltic Amber Found?
Baltic amber is found in the ocean and on the coasts. Over time, the resin from coastal forests was blown and washed into the ocean. Amber hunting is a hobby for many people and attracts tourists to the Baltic Sea for the thrill of the hunt. Harvesting amber is a skill that takes dedication, patience, and skill.
Lolly LLama Amber
Amber is used for fashion and function. Amber contains succinic acid, a natural pain reliever and inflammation reducer. It has been used for 1,000s of years and is now considered the number one natural teething remedy available. Consider trying amber as a safe alternative to pain relief for your whole family.
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