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Amber and the Baltic States

16/08/2014 18:03

Eighty percent of the world's amber is Baltic amber. Baltic amber is found along the south-eastern shores of the Baltic Sea, in the countries of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and Kaliningrad Oblast of the Russian Federation; and even occasionally as far west as the North Sea coast of England – being carried there by ocean currents and storms. Amber floats just below the surface in ch...

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Uses Of Amber

19/07/2014 23:36

Baltic amber has several main uses; it's not just ornamental, being used in the manufacture of amber jewellery, figurines, decorative artwork, furniture and wall panelling. Some of the other uses though may surprise you, and others you might find quite shocking.

 


Quite often though, when the word 'amber' is spoken or written, it doesn't necessarily refer to Baltic amber, or any other variety of amb...

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Amber Inclusions

17/05/2014 13:36

One in every one thousand pieces of Baltic amber contains an inclusion, either organic or mineral; for amber originating from the Dominican Republic the figure is ten times higher. Eighty percent of the world's amber is Baltic amber though, and so most amber inclusions are actually found in pieces of Baltic amber.

 

 Amber containing inclusions is much sought-after and is therefore significantly mor...

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Even more about amber

06/05/2014 23:48

Because amber floats in turbulent or agitated water, as soon as a storm has passed over the area local people flock to the beaches near to the Polish city of Gdansk, to gather Baltic amber. Some pickers are seasoned professionals, dressed in waterproof oilskins and equipped with nets for scooping amber straight out of the sea, whilst others are casual visitors just happy to pick up a small piece o...

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So, you've just bought a new piece of amber jewellery, either for yourself, or to give as a present to someone special; but how should you take care of it, clean and polish it, display it to best effect or store it away safely?

 

Although classified as a gemstone, amber isn't a stone or a mineral, it's actually the fossilised resin of trees that were living fifty million years ago in an area where t...

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About Sterling Silver

13/12/2013 12:14

Sterling Silver is often associated with Baltic amber, because it is often used to mount the gemstone when producing items of jewellery such as amber necklaces, rings, earrings or bracelets. So why are Sterling silver and Baltic amber so often used together to produce jewellery? Well, it could be because Sterling silver originates from the same part of Europe as Baltic amber; the coastal areas of ...

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Amber – The Word

21/09/2013 20:23

Approximately eighty percent of the world's amber is Baltic amber, occurring as a natural gemstone on the seabed or washed up by the tides onto the beaches of Poland and the neighbouring Baltic States. This occurs mainly in the vicinity of the Polish port, and former Hanseatic city of Gdansk, known as 'The City of Amber' because it's the recognised capital of the Baltic amber jewellery industry; a...

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Museum of Amber

26/08/2013 15:51

Gdansk, on the eastern Baltic coastline of Poland has been known as the 'Amber City' for many centuries, and so it is appropriate that the newly established Museum of Amber is located in this thriving port, formerly an important member of the Hanseatic League, and now, with the recent upturn in its fortunes is still the centre of the Baltic amber industry. More than ten thousand artisans and craft...

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More about amber

10/02/2013 12:53

Eighty percent of the world's supply of amber is Baltic amber. This genuine Baltic amber is far superior in terms of quality and prestige to amber coming from any other source, mainly south Asia or the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean; and even more so when compared to the softer and more opaque copal from Colombia or New Zealand.

Modern amber imitations, such as glass, hardened celluloid, poly...

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GDANSK - The amber city

10/02/2013 12:34

Gdansk, also known as Danzig, is Poland's largest port and a former member of the Hanseatic League, a confederation of dozens of cities established in the Middle Ages which developed a trading network across northern Europe and beyond; raw and worked amber and amber jewellery in particular being the most important commodities controlled by the city.  

 

Gdansk

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