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About Amber

Amber is the hardened resin of ancient pine trees. This organic substance is perhaps most well known for the incredible inclusions of insects and plant matter that can be found within it. People have been making jewelry from amber for over 10,000 years, which could make it the first gem material ever used. Our fascination with amber continues today. It's fairly common, easy to work, and a constant wonder to the eyes. Amber's most common colors are yellow, orange, and brown in various shades. Pieces with green, blue, or violet tints due to extreme fluorescence are rare. Amber also has a wide range of transparency. The transparent material is used almost exclusively for jewelry. Amber is often used for beads (tumble polished or faceted), pendants, earrings, and rings. The opaque material is frequently carved into artistic ornaments and inlays and practical objects such as pipe stems and umbrella handles. Amber is also burned as incense and used as an ingredient in perfumes.

Amber Value

The highest values go to those pieces with clearly visible insect inclusions, light colors, and clarity. Since the movie,Jurassic Park, the most popular inclusions are mosquitos. Inclusions of plant material, while of great interest to scientists, add little to the value of jewelry. (These inclusions are often too small to be recognized easily). Very large amber pieces are extremely rare. Good quality material is seldom used for anything but jewelry.

Amber is the hardened resin of ancient pine trees. This organic substance is perhaps most well known for the incredible inclusions of insects and plant matter that can be found within it. People have been making jewelry from amber for over 10,000 years, which could make it the first gem material ever used. Our fascination with amber continues today. It's fairly common, easy to work, and a constant wonder to the eyes. Amber's most common colors are yellow, orange, and brown in various shades. Pieces with green, blue, or violet tints due to extreme fluorescence are rare. Amber also has a wide range of transparency. The transparent material is used almost exclusively for jewelry. Amber is often used for beads (tumble polished or faceted), pendants, earrings, and rings. The opaque material is frequently carved into artistic ornaments and inlays and practical objects such as pipe stems and umbrella handles. Amber is also burned as incense and used as an ingredient in perfumes.

Amber Value

The highest values go to those pieces with clearly visible insect inclusions, light colors, and clarity. Since the movie,Jurassic Park, the most popular inclusions are mosquitos. Inclusions of plant material, while of great interest to scientists, add little to the value of jewelry. (These inclusions are often too small to be recognized easily). Very large amber pieces are extremely rare. Good quality material is seldom used for anything but jewelry.

 



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