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History of amber

Amber is a mineral of many names such as good stone, sacred stone, gold of the north or Baltic gold. Baltic amber is one of the world’s oldest and most desired treasures. While often considered a gemstone, the glowing, warm amber is not a stone but a fossilized resin from ancient evergreen trees. The oldest amber discovered on Earth is about 320 million years old. In culture It has been portrayed as drops of the sun, tears of the gods, hardened honey, and sunlight solidified. The main source was the Baltic region where amber, known to mineralogists as succinite, was washed up onto beaches and easily collected. Besides its aesthetic qualities and ease of carving and polishing, amber, for many ancient peoples, had mysterious qualities such as protecting the wearer, warding off evil, and curing diseases.  

Baltic amber as well as amber jewelry have been an object of admiration and interest for centuries. Its beauty, pretty smell, deep color and ease of processing have always earned it a place among decorative stones. Amber was historically used for three primary purposes: fuel, decoration, and for healing and medicinal purposes (amber teething necklaces). There are many existing examples of amber being used in sculptures, jewelry, ceremonial pieces, and even instruments and decorative tools throughout the world. Amber was considered valuable and was a popular trading item, especially in cultures where amber jewelry was highly prized. Amber is relatively soft and so was an ideal material to be cut and carved into beads and other jewelry material.

If you feel attracted to the warm and wise energy of amber, explore the variety of Baltic amber jewelry at Chamber of Amber. As always, it is best to buy the highest quality you can afford and be sure to choose the natural Baltic amber. Try something new and buy a baltic amber bracelet.