is an ancient gemstone that was formed millions of years ago, preserved to be enjoyed forever. Baltic amber is the fossilized sap from now-extinct ancient trees that resided in Northern Europe along the Baltic Sea. Inside the preserved sap, bits of insects and other small organic material from prehistoric times can be seen. This tangible phenomena was once more precious than gold. Uno Alla Volta
’s artisans handcraft jewelry
with Baltic amber in a variety of handmade brooches
About 80% of the world’s amber can be found in the Baltic Sea region. The Baltic Sea is bordered by Poland, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, and Lithuania. Baltic amber is most popular in the countries bordering the northern half of the sea such as Sweden, Norway, and Finland. The amber in this region can be 45 million to 50 million years old. The Dominican Republic contains the second most abundant collection of amber deposits. The amber from this area also contains succinic acid, though in lesser amounts than the amber from the Baltic region. Amber in the Dominican Republic is also much younger, ranging from 15 million to 40 million years old.
Baltic amber is less dense than water, so it is possible to find this stone afloat or occasionally washed up on Poland’s beaches. Most of the Baltic amber we see is mined. The stone is common near Gdansk Bay in Poland, found about 25 meters under the sea floor. This concentrated collection of amber can be followed northeast through Lithuania and Latvia.
Amber has been used for at least 10,000 years to adorn ornaments, tools, utensils, and artwork. Amber produces a scent when it burns and has also been used as a type of perfume. In many old cultures, physicians believed that amber would free patients of headaches, heart problems and arthritis. It is also thought that amber will bring good fortune as it helps ensure success and happiness.
Amber’s popularity gained a new appreciation during the Middle Ages, when it was commonly used in rosaries. Since that time, new uses for amber have been discovered. In the early 1850’s, waste pieces of amber were compressed together and used as an insulator for electrical wires. Today, we still use amber to adorn our jewelry, ornaments, and other decorations.
To hold a piece of amber is to hold millions of years of history in your hand; a fragment of the ancient earth preserved for all time. Baltic amber is one of the most prized treasures in the world. Uno Alla Volta’s® amber jewelry collection is crafted one at a time using sterling silver, glass, and hand-set Baltic amber. Always in fashion, handmade Baltic amber jewelry from Uno Alla Volta® will be cherished forever.
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