Fossil Baltic Amber

fossil amber

Amber is fossil resin from trees. The colour of the sun, its golden hue has attracted humans since prehistoric times. Baltic sea amber was a valuable trade item from the most ancient times. Traded by the early Phoenecians, this light glass like resin has been valued for its beauty in Egypt, used in Chinese medicine and has been found at Paleolithic sites in the form of pendants. Archeologists have also identified Neolithic amber talismans.

Amber found ranges from a light pale watery yellow colour, golden or deep red to dark brown. The most prized pieces of amber include ants, insects, bees, feathers, fungi, microscopic particles and even a frog entombed in the resin before fossilisation occured. Millions of years old, these perfectly preserved insects and other inclusions in the clear amber offer a view into an ancient long lost world.

baltic amber Just as today, in Neolithic times amber was carved into beads, and was one of the first materials to be carved and worn by early man for its beauty and 'value'. In some way amber could be described as the frozen-in-time golden elixir from the tree of life, a window to the past. Perhaps the most well know is Baltic Sea Amber. However, amber can be found washed up in Scotland, Norway and Denmark.

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