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Cult of amber

 Amber is processed for more than ten thousand years. In Lithuania, the oldest Baltic amber jewelry counts for five thousand years. As time is passing, methods of amber processing and value of that mineral are changing. In ancient times, amber jewelry collections were produced from amber. Later on, not only beauty of this mineral, but also positive influence to health was noticed and recorded. Due to such aesthetics and benefits combination, some kind of a "cult" of amber has appeared over the world.

Amber is beautiful and natural ...

Amber can be collected from the earth surface: a lot of small pieces and fragments are collected at the seashore, where sea washes them out. Amber stones also can be obtained industrial way by excavating large deposits. Today, specialists count about three hundred and fifty sorts of amber. This natural mineral is distinguished by form, age, colour, origin, and other criteria. People from very different parts of the world are enthralled by natural beauty of amber. Baltic amber is considered one of the most valuable. It is especially valued, since it contains plenty of amber acid useful for health. Although this is not the only reason, this is why amber stones are so adored from ancient times.

Natural raw amber captures sight just by abundance of colours. Normally amber is considered to be yellow, although this mineral impresses by many hues. Amber stones can be nearly milk-white or they can be yellow and transparent as honey. Amber can be found of brown, brownish, and even reddish (as we see setting sun sometimes) colour. There is black and green (as moss) amber. It is considered that natural raw amber of different colour differently influences physical and mental well-being. That's why this mineral takes interest of astrologers and natural medicine practitioners.

Amber may be completely transparet (which is mostly valued), slightly or moderately muddy (of uneven colour, with darker areas). Amber stones also can be completely opaque, of even single colour or mixed with other hues. Specialists also distinguish very porous (and subsequently very light) whitish amber.

As it was told, shape differences are also important. They are directly related to the origin of mineral. Environment, where pine resin was flowing and was formed, had high influence to the quality of mineral. It was also important, where (in soil, water or between bark layers of a tree) would-be amber was segregated. For example, amber stones could receive form of an icicle – it happened with resin that had been hanging on the stem or small branches of a tree. Such amber is found most often. Drops of resin that had fallen into water are distinguished by their regular form. Natural raw amber can be flat and contain various indents. Such form is typical to resin solidified between bark layers.

Natural raw amber can amaze by interplay of different colours and hues, various shapes and sizes. But there is one feature of amber, which is so interesting to scientists, jewellers and naturalists – its capability to entrap small insects and plant fragments (small leaves, flowers, and blades). Amber inclusions retain unique nature data for thousands of years. It seems that small insects are frozen in their graceful dance surrounded by inimitable plant decorations. Such natural amber inclusions attract many people reminding them flow of time and magnificence of nature. As with other sorts of natural raw amber, they can be art pieces by their own with signature left by nature itself.

... And processed

Possibilities of amber craftsmanship are limitless. People naturally want to retain beautiful things. So, there is no wonder that amber stones since ancient times are polished, carved, inlaid in various metals (silver, copper, or brass), and even melted. Thus, these natural findings keeping memories of thousands of years transform into carefully made jewelry. Amber with inclusions retaining nature's variety often becomes unique pendants. They decorate sophisticated bracelets, rings or earrings. Due to touch of a jeweller, amber inclusions can always be close to a man and delight by their natural beauty.

Nevertheless, not the mentioned amber inclusions are at the core of jewelry. Not all obtained natural raw amber is used – just 7 % of it is sufficient to satisfy the demand for beauty. Jewelry masters create wonderful separate unitary ornaments. Amber jewelry sets comprise out of various components: necklaces, pendants, earrings, and bracelets. A set can also contain a ring, or a brooch. Amber jewelry sets can be already formed, although they can be also ordered and made individually. Other natural materials, such as wood or leather are suitable for this.

A large amount of the mineral is used for other purposes. Amber stones of various colour become natural remedies. They are used in their natural form or grinded into powder used to produce various balsams, tinctures, ointments, incenses, or even tea. Not without a reason, amber is considered symbol of youth and health. Even amber figurines or mentioned amber incluses kept in a palm can help fight joint, muscle, or other pains, as well as calm, mitigate strain and fear. It is recommended even for small children.

Natural raw amber often serves for home decoration. For example, various amber figurines are very popular. They complement shelves of amber or figurine collectors. Amber figurines can amaze by their graceful form of a plant, animal or thing. Various totems and nice snappy statues are also there. It is possible to find amber that has obtained form of a dolphin, tortoise, wolf, owl, or any other guise. Amber figurines made of natural Baltic amber also may be individual, embodying some important symbol. Amber figurines are often chosen as a gift for children or for adults. Such amber figurines delight people around the world.

Amber jewelry sets and other uses of this mineral tells about its high value. By peculiar adoration of amber features, acknowledgements to the nature have been expressed for centuries. Formerly, only very rich man could afford amber. Now anyone can enjoy beauty of this mineral reminding sun and sea, feel special power and energy emanating from it. Such "cult" taking various shapes of amber is the way to inner peace and unity with the world.

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