WHAT IS BALTIC AMBER?
Amber is a fossilised tree resin, caused when the grounded sap from ancient pines is buried in the earth and hardened over millions of years. Given its organic origin, you will often find natural material - including bark, flowers, and insects - trapped in the resin.
Every piece of natural amber is unique, with its beauty attributed to its warmth to the touch, lightness in weight, and variety of colour or clarity. Across the years, it has been widely considered a talisman of good luck and a protector of health.
Each piece featured on our site is made using amber of the highest quality from the rich deposits around the Baltic Sea, and then hand selected from reputable amber merchants.
As a delicate resin, we encourage you to care with your jewellery with a soft clean cloth, buffing it. You may clean as necessary with warm soapy water, but should avoid contact with any solvents and perfumes.
Considered a natural purifier, Amber is known for its ability to draw pain and disease from the physical body, mind, spirit and environment.
PROPERTIES & BENEFITS OF AMBER
Amber is considered to absorb and transform negative energy to a positive condition, in turn allowing the body to stimulate it's own healing and balancing mechanisms.
For these reasons, it is suggested that Amber can assist with:
o Clearing the mind;
o Attracting good luck
o Relieving headaches
o Clearing depression;
o Encouraging patience;
o Balancing general emotions;
o Eliminating stress, anxiety or fears;
o Stimulating creativity or intellect; and
o Promoting self-confidence.
Baltic Amber specifically is known to contain a compound called succinic acid, an anti-inflammatory agent. When work against the skin, succinic acid inside the Amber is released and absorbed into the body. It is known to assist with teething in babies, or arthritis.
COLOURS OF AMBER
Cognac / Honey
The most commonly found Amber, the colour is caused by the original colour of the tree sap and the ageing process. They will more often contain inclusions such as trapped insects or wood, and the colour will depend on the number of gas bubbles that dispersed during formation. Any transparency is a result of a lack of air of gas trapped during the process.
When Amber is left for a long period of time in the air, the Amber reacts with the oxygen during natural oxidation in the air to slowly change it's colour. Usually it can take even up to 100 years to see any difference in color without using artificial heating. In ancient times, Cherry Amber was associated with courage.
This colour of Amber is caused when resin falls near different plants. The resin reacts with the chlorophyll, a pigment in the plant, and changes it's colour. It is often associated with good luck and immortality.
Much like the lighter Honey Amber is caused by an increase of gas bubbles during formation, White or Butterscotch Amber is a result of millions of micro-bubbles dispersed. These bubbles cause a reflection of light, making the Amber appear milky in colour.