Not only is Baltic amber a striking gemstone, but it also tells an intriguing story. This rare and exotic stone is known as a “window to the past” because of its unique properties. Baltic amber is fossilized pine tree resin, and it often contains prehistoric plant material, insects and strands of DNA. Amber is actually the same stone referenced to in the movie Jurassic Park!
Baltic amber is 40 to 60 million years old. During its formation, the stone trapped many prehistoric plants and insects. Researchers have cataloged amber pieces containing more than 1,000 extinct species of insects. An amber gemstone with insect or plant inclusions is much more valuable than amber with none. Who knew?!
The Baltic Sea region holds the richest and largest amber deposits. The level of succinic acid found in amber also determines its quality. You’ll be pleased to know that Baltic amber holds the highest levels of succinic acid. The largest mine in the Baltic region is in Russia, located west of Kaliningrad and where the Liquidation Channel gets its amber.
Despite its name, amber comes in more colors than just amber. Rare pieces can even be blue or green. Most amber is polished in different shapes or beads. This gemstone is surprisingly light, so large jewelry pieces made with amber won’t weigh you down.
Baltic amber is perfect for everyday wear. Many women find it taxing to accessorize for the office, but Baltic amber makes it easy.Wear artisan crafted pieces made with amber to add feminine detailing to your work outfit. An amber necklace can be casual enough for running errands on Saturday morning. It can also be dressed up for an evening out.
Feeling inspired yet? Stay tuned for our Baltic Amber show airing Monday, Oct. 27, from 12 p.m. to midnight. If you want even more ideas, check out our Pinterest board!