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Amber Etymology and history

Contrary to popular belief, it is not a stone, which is used mainly in the jewelry manufacturing industry, but it is a resin hard enough, that it reminds us of rocks or stones. The beginnings of accumulations of large quantities of resin took place 30 or 40 million years ago and since that time, the hardening and mold process of amber masses known today took place.

Amber occurs mainly in all color shades of yellow, although this is not a rule. Amber can also take on the tint of brown, red, green and even milky-white. To this day, it is not known what species of trees excreted resin of this type and why it showed up in such abundance at that time period.

In ancient times, the connoisseurs of amber were convinced that the resin, which is amber, was derived from the willow, poplar or the cedar tree, however, research has shown that the German botanists showed that the resin, which is an amber came from an extinct species of pine (Pinus succinifera).

The noblest form of amber is Baltic amber, and therefore, it occurs in areas of sea basins nearby the Baltic Sea, mainly in Poland and the Russian coasts of the sea. Amber is a known and valued raw material since the ancient times. It was frequently used in the manufacture of jewelry and interior decorations in ancient Rome, Egypt and smaller Asia (Arabic Anbar).

Amber description

Amber, also known as the Jantar rock is a resin, which started to form in natural conditions around 40 million years ago. Baltic amber is the most valued form of amber, which despite the many processes that took place within the resin overtime, still remains in the fossil phase, meaning the processes of oxidation or polymerization for example. As this process continues, we can conclude that amber is not "a stone" with a final mold and shape. Because amber is molded from resin, it frequently occurs that the remains submerged in it, contain prehistoric plants and animals. Very frequently, they are insects, mosquito and even spiders.

Amber in jewelry

Amber is especially popular and often used in the jewelry industry worldwide. Its countless quantities of colors and shades, cause many people around the world to reach out for this gem. Especially popular and admired, are jewelry creations with amber in China. The Chinese love its milky white shade and pendants, giant and extravagant rings or bracelets of amber in this color are thought of as more valuable than other precious stones. Silverrushstyle has rich and stylish collections with jewelry made from amber. Especially beautiful, is jewelry made from mosaic amber. To create one of our bracelets from the collection, 500 small pieces of amber in various colors were used. However, the effect of this work is astonishingly beautiful.


Most frequently, amber occurs in region of the Baltic Sea. In Poland, Russia, Lithuania and Latvia, but also in Ukraine and Germany. Less precious amber varieties appear in the Dominican Republic, Burma, Thailand, Mexico and many other places on Earth.

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