A Brief History of Baltic Amber

A Brief History of Baltic Amber

Posted by Amber Artisans on 24th Jul 2018

Baltic Amber is fossilized tree resin approximately 40-60 million years old, which has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Much valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone, Amber is made into a variety of decorative objects. Amber has been used for centuries making Amazing Amber Jewelry and ornaments, as an ingredient in perfumes and has long been used in folk medicine for its healing properties. Baltic Amber contains 3-8% of Succinic Acid, a scientifically examined medical substance used in contemporary medicine. The highest content of the acid is found in the Amber cortex (external layer of the stone).

The resin dripped down onto the forest floor, where over several million years it hardened into Amber. The sea, rivers and the ice from the Ice Ages have transported it widely. Amber is spread over a huge area, from England in the west to Russia and the Ukraine in the east. Today it is found in the largest quantities along the west coast of Jutland and the coasts of the Baltic States.


Common inclusions are plant materials such as oak leaf remnants or tiny hairs from oak buds, pollens, spores, leaves, twigs and most famously of all--insects. At least 214 plant species have been identified through morphological analysis of Amber. The scientific study of Amber has yielded ounty of priceless data about the ancient world which but for the golden fist of Amber's preservation would have been lost to the ages. Lear more about amazing Baltic Amber


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