History of Natural Amber ​

​Amber is considered an organic gem stone. Amber has been traded since earliest times and was considered a mystic and religious material. Over the “amber routes” it was distributed throughout Europe and all of the know ancient world. Already the Phoenicians traded amber as a prime commodity with the ancient Baltic peoples. Since about 3000 B.C., Baltic amber was exchanged for goods from southern Europe and there were even ‘amber highways’ or amber trade routes crossing Europe and leading into the Far East.

Meanwhile, in Central America, the Olmec civilization also was mining amber around 3000 B.C. There are legends in Mexico that mention the use of amber in adorning, consuming and using it for stress reduction as a natural remedy.

For thousands of years amber was regarded as a precious substance, and for its mysterious origin considered as a divine protection from harm to the bearer of amber jewelry. As such, it also became to be used as an ingredient in medicines and for religious purposes by “pagans” and “Christians”.

Around 58 A.D., the Roman Emperor Nero sent a Roman knight on a search for this “Gold of the North” and brought hundreds of pounds of amber to Rome.

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Old World Amber

Natural Baltic amber is very attractive, when it is kept as natural amber. There is radiant honey color, yellow, deep brown, red, lemon, cream and even a wonderful white.  Natural Amber from the Baltic countries was and is beautiful and extraordinary, full of folklore and history. It still has the fame of the mystic, sacred material of ancient times that carries on. There definitely are still many craftsmen in Baltic countries who keep up this old, honorable tradition.

The Poland Chamber of Commerce writes:
“Natural Baltic Amber – Amber as it comes from nature. It is generally uneven in color. And it is almost always uneven in shape. It comes from the Baltic Region.
Natural Baltic amber is used in high quality fashion jewelry and art creations. It is asymmetrical, not always uniformly colored, sometimes has imperfections and looks like something that would have been shaped by nature and not man.”

Some Baltic amber associations even disqualify manufactures who use approved methods of enhancement but do not declare it. The International Amber Association (http://amber.org.pl) keeps up a struggle for a fair and clear business practice.

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New World Amber

Amber has been found in North and Central America and in the Dominican Republic. The beauty of Dominican amber is not only skin deep. It is not only the looks, it is the preciousness and the knowledge that it was not human hand and industriousness that created the unique colors of natural amber. It was nature itself, it was storms, earthquakes, shifting continents, rising sea levels, pressure, heat and almost 40 million years that made Dominican amber what it is. This is what happened and this is what accounts for the blue, the green the purple and other shades, besides the yellow and brown.

Dominican amber is not heat treated to reproduce the colors. It is not clarified and all inclusions are natural. Mother Nature took care of it.
Of all natural Dominican color variations, blue is the most precious, and is highly sought-after by collectors and high-end jewelers. Alas, only about 50 kilos of top quality blue amber are found per year. And even of the lower grades probably only 300 kilos are found each year. If that number is compared to the 26 tons of gem grade diamonds that are mined per year, this makes blue amber one of the rarest and most exclusive gemstones around. It is closely followed by the natural green amber.

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