When you buy an amber jewel, you buy a small piece of history dating back several million years. Amber comes from the sediments of the Baltic coast. Formed 40 to 60 million years ago from coniferous resin, amber still testifies today to the large coniferous forests that then appeared in northern Europe before being absorbed by the oceans.
The colors of amber depend on its composition (of the species of tree), as well as the processes that occur after the secretion of the resin.
Usually, amber has an appearance ranging from transparent to translucent and manifests itself in innumerable shades, from blue to yellow through brown, gold, green, orange, red and white. It is said that there are 256 different tints of Baltic amber.
Amber often contains natural imperfections and sparkling fissures, as well as prehistoric inclusions: seeds, leaves, feathers or whole insects.
The Benefits of Amber
Since ancient times, amber from the Baltic was believed to have curative and therapeutic powers The first information of its beneficial properties can be found in the descriptions of Pliny the Elder and Hippocrates. Scientific research has proved its positive impact on living organisms. It is electronegative and in contact with the body ionizes it and improves its energy and electrolytic balance.
The quality of amber is evaluated by the density of succinite contained in the gem (amber). The amber of the Baltic is the one which contains the highest proportion of succinic acid, which gives it the most precious amber quality.
How to Clean Amber Jewelry
Clean the amber with lukewarm water and a soft cloth. Apply few drops of olive oil on the amber and softly rub it in with a cloth, this will give a nice shine to the amber. Avoid detergents and cleansers.