The word Amber is derived from the Arabic word for “Ambergris”, ambar which found floating in or on the shores of sea waters, believed to originate in the intestines of the sperm whale, and used in perfumery.
It is not exactly known how long Amber has been used by human but it is believed at least since Neolithic times. Amber jewelry has been found dating back to 13,000 B.C. and hundreds of Neolithic burial sites have been found in Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia containing Amber. Baltic Amber has been discovered in Egyptian tombs dating back to 3200 B.C. Amber is a fossilized tree resin found in the Baltic Sea, where it became buried in the earth for a very long time. Amber is from organic vegetative substances, being the fossilized resin of 30 – 150 million year old trees.
Sometimes, during the fossilization process, unsuspecting natural substances would come into contact with the resin and become trapped such as small insects, leaves, debris and pollen. Amber being the lightest in weight among gemstone comes in a variety of colors including black, brown, yellow, green, red and blue, although the more popular and sought after Baltic Amber has warm and rich shades of yellow, red, orange and gold with high transparency and translucency.
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