Amber

According to myth, when Phaëton son of Helios (the Sun) was killed, his mourning sisters became poplar trees, and their tears became elektron, amber. The word elektron gave rise to the words electric, electricity, and their relatives.

As an important commodity, sometimes dubbed "the gold of the north", amber was transported from the North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts overland by way of the Vistula and Dnieper rivers to Italy, Greece, the Black Sea, Syria, and Egypt over a period of thousands of years. Pliny states explicitly that the Germans exported amber to Pannonia, from where the Veneti distributed it onwards. Amber is valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone, amber is made into a variety of decorative objects.

Amber has been used since prehistory Stone Age, from 13,000 years ago, in the manufacture of jewelry and ornaments, and also in folk medicine for its purported healing properties. Amber and extracts were used from the time of Hippocrates in ancient Greece for a wide variety of treatments through the Middle Ages and up until the early twentieth century. Traditional Chinese medicine uses amber to "tranquilize the mind". Amber necklaces are a traditional European remedy for colic or teething pain due to the purported analgesic properties of succinic acid.

Amber has often been imitated by other resins like copal and kauri gum, as well as by celluloid and even glass. We offer Baltic amber from Kaliningrad, the World capital of amber, that also called "true amber".

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