Our First Gemstone of the Week…Amber!

March 09, 2015 Amelia Ellison

Amber is our first ever ‘Gemstone of the week’. This stone is wonderful and I’ll tell you why! 

Amber is fossilized tree resin and it has its uses for not just making wonderful pieces of jewellery but has been used in medicine and also perfumes. This stone comes from many different countries but the one we know best and see the most of is the Baltic Amber aka ‘gold of the north’.  This Amber is thought to be fossil resins from plants that used to live in Northern Europe thousands of years ago. These pieces can found on the beaches on the of coast of Poland, however it has been found washed up on the beaches of England too, so keep a watchful eye next time you have a trip to the seaside!

Every piece of amber is unique and that is why it is a personal favourite of mine. Some amber pieces are just a strong solid colour and others have little flecks in, these flecks maybe bits of bark or plant that it has picked up along the way, sometimes you can find insects inside but this is rare.  Here is a link to our website with just one of our many beautiful pieces we have in store. 

Amber is 2.5 on the MOH scale which means it is durable enough to wear day to day in necklaces and bracelets. When it comes to making it into jewellery it is great as it will mould into any size or shape, which is a jewellers dream. As you can see from the pictures below, Amber allows our designers great flexibility with their designs. 

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