Even though it is fossilized, Amber is actually a soft stone, so take care not to scratch your jewelry. All of our jewelry comes gift boxed and is provided with a velvet pouch for storage to help you protect your purchase. Follow these Dos and Don'ts to keep your jewelry looking its best:
•store separately, so it’s not touching other jewelry
•use soft cloths (like flannel or microfiber) and warm water (you can add a few drops of mild soap to the water if need be) to clean
•shine it (as needed) with a tiny bit of olive oil on a soft cloth, wipe off excess oil, and then polish with a clean soft cloth
•store under direct sunlight
•expose to extreme temperatures
•expose to chemicals (remove your jewelry when you’re using cleaning products, bathing, applying hairspray, sunscreen, etc.)
•use commercial jewelry cleaners
Baltic Amber is also referred to as succinite because it contains succinic acid. Succinic acid is thought to act as a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, so many health products containing Amber are becoming popular. These products range from health bracelets and necklaces - which we will be offering so watch for those - to teething jewelry, and even to massage creams and oils.
The primary source for Amber is just outside of Kalingrad, Russia, where it resides about 100 feet below the surface in clay, and is mined. The Baltic Region provides the next most abundant source of Amber. Here, deposits from the sea bed are sourced by dredging or diving, and will even wash ashore due to Amber's low density, which enables it to float in salt water. Harvesters will often wade into cold waters when the tide is right to pull in pieces of Amber with hand nets.
The most common shades of Amber are yellow, orange, and brown. More rare shades are green and red ("cherry"). For more facts on Amber and information on the range of colors, visit here.
For an interesting dialogue on Amber, check out this excerpt from David Attenborough's series "The Amber Time Machine."