Genuine Natural BALTIC AMBER Raw Stone. Amber for Collectors 80g
Natural RAW BALTIC AMBER STONE. Measurements: 51 mm X 56 mm. Based purely on how it is formed, amber is perhaps one of the most interesting gemstones of all. The stone is not only used in jewellery, it's also used in a number of different decorative objects and has been popular for hundreds of years. Plus, it's used as a healing agent in ancient folk medicine. While it's found all over the world, certain amber stones are occasionally thought of as being quite rare, given the fact that some of the inclusions contain animal and plant materials. Contrary to popular belief, amber is not a true gemstone. In fact, it's fossilised tree resin that can range in age from 30 to 90 million years old!
This resin is generally found in ancient evergreen trees. Amber crystals are prized for their warmth and beauty, and have been carved into jewellery pieces, and traded amongst cultures for thousands of years. The oldest piece of amber ever discovered is estimated to be about 320 million years old. Younger amber stones, which yield much lower values, are less than 100,000 years old.
Amber can be found all around the world, but the largest deposits used for jewellery making and scientific research can be traced to the Dominican Republic, Europe's Baltic region and Myanmar. Baltic amber, which typically includes flies, ants and lizards, is approximately 40 million years old.