How cool is this amber that has preserved the feathers of a young coelurosaur in such pristine condition!? Scientists have recently discovered this amazing specimen, admire and read about it HERE.
Amber has always been interesting to me because it is so much different than the other minerals. Amber is a tree resin rather than a rock. You can often find bugs, plant parts, minerals, and other things preserved within. Some amber is millions of years old.
Having spent most of my time in Central Europe over the past 2 years, one of the greatest treats was having access to Baltic Amber of Lithuania and Poland. Baltic amber is prized for its beauty, authenticity, and ancient age boasting millions of years of history. It is very different from Copal amber, which is a recent resin that has not yet been fossilized and hardened like the highly valued Baltic counterpart.
I've acquired so many genuine necklaces, pendants, bracelets, and specimens. Most of them sell quite fast. I'm fortunate to have direct and reliable Baltic sources to avoid the fake stuff that floods the market. It may be awhile before I get to hand select some more European amber, but what is available can be found here.
I personally have a semi-clear honey toned amber chip bracelet that I like to wear, which I got from the wine festival in Zielona Gora, Poland a couple years back.
What do you think of Amber? Do you have a piece you cherish as well?
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Limited edition Lithuanian amber necklace that I hand selected. Love the individual knotting between gems.
Here's a slice of ancient Polish amber that I picked up directly from two Polish specialists who came to Hungary for a mineral show. I love the clarity, tone and rustic look.