Since time immemorial, man has studied, collected, treated
and adorned themselves with this amazing, almost magical material.
Amber is mostly found along the coasts of countries around the Baltic Sea (about 80% of all amber in the world is Baltic). Over the centuries, amber has been used in many different ways from various industrial products, cosmetics to jewelry and in different scintific context. Since the Stone Age humans have made jewelry and other decorative items. So it is today - many artists are still fascinated by amber and used to produce breathtaking and unique jewelry, carvings, cuttings and items.
The beach at the northernmost point of Denmark. Every year there are large
amounts of amber washed up by the various autumns storms. Csaba Labancz
In total there are well over 150 different types. A type are often characterized by its location and age. Since all types have different age and is from different areas, they also have different structure and colors. Some types being dug up in mines by big machines, some being excavated in small mines deep in the jungle or in the mountains, while other types are found on the beaches. In Denmark you can find amber on the west coast's beaches or it is fished in the North Sea by local fishermen. In the scientific field, researchers have studied the inclusions in the amber, and thereby they have been given the window to the past, which has created the possibility of an in-depth understanding of the evolution and the earth's past.
Amber is a light and soft material, and it weighs only a third of what a stone weighing. With a stone you can scratch the amber and making small chips spring. That is not possible with a stone. Finally, amber will burn with a red sooting flame. Therefore amber is actually cald "burning stone" in Swedish and German. Amber becomes electric when you rub it - and the word "electricity" actually comes from the Greek word for amber, electron!
Just as amber serve as a window to the past,
so will this website serve as your window to this wonderful material.
Ahmad M. A. Ali whit a 9 kilo piece
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