What is that? Is that amber? I love amber!
Mariaska Street in Gdansk, Poland
"What is that? Is that amber? I love amber!" These words light up faces whenever, wherever amber appears. It's been that way since ancient times. But what is this curious honey-like substance? Where does amber come from? Why are we so fascinated with this glowing gem, worn though the ages for luck, protection and healing?
Welcome to Amberology... Where myth and history mingle with medicine, science and style as we help tell the story of this fossilized pine resin that is millions of years in the making. Fairytale castles, towering forests, glaciers, emperors, dinosaurs, gladiators, even the pyramids of Egypt all have amber tales to tell. The Greeks called it elektron "energy formed by the sun." But you will recognize it as our very modern word: "electricity"
Once worshiped as a piece of the sun fallen to Earth by ancient Neolithic tribes, amber is still simply known as "sunshine" in some places. Amber attracts joy to the wearer. "The burning stone" comes in 256 colors, although you may only be familiar with a few. One of the world's most valuable art treasures, the lost Amber Room was made entirely out of amber.
Neptune Fountain, Gdansk
Amber excites the world's scientific imagination, with new discoveries making regular headlines around the world. In America, amber was made popular in the movie Jurassic Park. Amber is a window to the past. The fossil inclusions, plant, animal & insect material it has encapsulated contain samples and evidence of life, including strands of DNA-- life's basic code, from the distant past.
It is true that a mere handful of amber would have made you quite wealthy at one time. But you certainly wouldn't have wanted to be caught with a piece of it during the reign of the Teutonic Knights, when amber pirates were regularly shown the gallows!
Lump of raw amber
You may be a fellow voyager, a fortunate soul who has just stumbled upon amber, treasure of a lost world, window to the past, looking for answers. Perhaps you are researching your Eastern European roots, or searching for a truly special gift. Maybe you are "amber-hearted" (meaning warm of heart!), or a stylish admirer affordable luxury. Whatever the case, you've already taken your first step on the well traveled and very real ancient amber road-- a trade route connecting Italy with the Baltic regions, built in a time of Emperors and gladiators, driven by ceaseless desire for amber, gold of the North.
Since our company's founding in 1995 by Andzia Chmil Stout, amber has been the sun in our galaxy. Our Amberology area, together with our blog, is a treat for the amber purist, a valuable outpost for the scientist, a shared dream for the amber collector. Filled with newsy bits, lore, legend and breaking news about all things amber.
Fossil amber insect inclusion
Here you'll meet designers and master craftsmen, see real amber fishers, learn what amber "bark" is and more. You'll learn how amber isn't really a stone at all. Nor is it pine sap. We'll also take a hard look at some of the medical claims, including the amber teething necklace phenomenon for babies. Debunking myths, sharing a wealth of material, exploring the truly unique properties of this marvelous gem of the ages, nature's living gemstone, Baltic amber. Much and more has been said, written and debated about this fabulous Gem of the Ages-- And more will be revealed!
So grab your passport and enter the exotic world of Amberology. It's right here, through the archway to the famous Mariaska Street in Gdansk, Poland- world capitol of amber where the shops beckon with magnificent displays of amber, carved and sculpted into dazzling forms for us to wear, enjoy and share.
As they say in Poland, where this story first began oozing out of giant, now extinct pine trees tens and sometimes hundreds of millions of years ago, "Zaproszamy!" We invite you!
History of Amber What is amber? A colorful organic gem, this semi-precious fossil resin comes from giant, long extinct pine trees from the Baltics. Gem quality amber averages 45 million years old. Amber is not pine sap... Amber Myths Worshipped as a piece of the sun fallen to Earth, this sacred symbol of the sun was worn for protection, good luck & healing. Amber attracts joy to the wearer & was once considered a vessel of eternal youth... Names of Amber Tears of the Sun, Gold of the North. Living Gemstone, Gem of the Earth, Tiger's Soul, Window to the Past, The Jurassic Gem, Dragon's Blood, Burning Stone, Blue Mud... Learn the names for amber...
The Beauty of Amber Human beings were amazed by the secret properties of the burning stone, its exceptional smell & the beauty of the nuggets they found by the sea. Impossible not to see the beauty of natural Baltic amber... Discover Green Amber When I first fell madly in love with the Baltic amber, I was offered a large lot of beautiful mossy green amber. The dazzling stones were like nothing I'd ever seen before. "Is that real?" I asked... Frozen in Time A short introductory classic by amber expert Garry Platt that covers all the amber essentials with special emphasis on fossils. Amber first begins as resin exuded from trees millions of years ago...
The Amber Room How can you lose a room made of entirely of priceless amber? First you have to steal it. One of history's greatest mysteries, the disappearance of a dazzling, bejeweled room... Myrta's Masterworks Myrta's dream: create a great collection of new artistic amber artifacts- extraordinary works not meant to be sold, nor destined for personal use, but for grand public exhibition... Our Lady of Czestochowa No other representation of Our Blessed Mother with Her Divine Child can possibly possess a more ancient & glorious history than the famous painting of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
Amber Artist Dorota Kos All my life I lived in Gdansk, near the Baltic seashore. Amber was always within reach of my hands. When I was a girl, I used to go to the beach... Identifying True Amber Is your amber genuine? There are a number of simple tests that can be carried out to check its authenticity. Here are the basic methods... Baltic Amber Varieties Amber is a rainbow! There are over 250 different formal classifications, but most of us only know the handful we see used in jewelry...
Wieslaw Gierlowski Meet the Amber Personality of the Century. The world's foremost amber expert has held onto a single piece of amber dear to his heart for decades... Amber & Healing There is magical power in the Baltic amber, an exclusively good power, one worth getting familiar with. It is for our protection...