Recently researchers have discovered an interesting remarkable new find. It is a piece of amber with the inclusion of a pair of long-legged flies having sex! The insects are 41 million years old. Prehistoric insects such as ants, midges, crawlers as well as a pair of copulating flies are one-of-a-kind amber fossils described in Scientific […]
The Copenhagen Amber Museum is a museum in central Copenhagen, Denmark. It is owned by the House of Amber. The museum is located in Kanneworffs house, one of the oldest buildings in Copenhagen. The house was build in 1606, but its current appearance is due to an adaptation in the 1780s. The house has been […]
The Amber Coast is the name of the coastal strip of the Baltic Sea located in Kaliningrad. This area is known for amber excavation since the mid-19th century and up to date is a location of open-pit amber mines. Deposits in Palmnikenskoe and Primorskoe contain up to 80% of the world’s amber reserves, they were […]
We can check the authenticity of amber by using the brine method: the amber floats on the surface of the salty water. Other resins, as well as synthetic materials, sink to the bottom. A more invasive method to check amber authenticity is to set it on fire – real amber will burn with a bright […]
The Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum is located in Kaliningrad, Russia. It is devoted to housing and displaying amber artworks. It is located on the shore of Lake Verkhneye. Its construction began in 1972 and was opened in 1979.
Amber color is a yellowish orange shade, which is the most common color of natural amber stones. Natural amber stones occur in many different colors and shades such as red, yellow, green, blue or even purple.
In the Eocene, there was a shallow sea in some areas of today’s Poland. The sea was adjacent to the Fennoscandia, a scientific name for the ancient continent. It was the place where, in a humid and warm tropical climate, the amber forest – the cradle of Baltic amber – grew. It was mainly covered […]
Up to 1100 tonnes of amber raw material can be found in the Lubelskie voivodeship in Poland. It was confirmed by the National Geology Institue of Poland in 2012. It is worth mentioning that 1 kg of the amber is worth 10 000 PLN.
Inclusions, in other words, are pieces of bark, leaves or forest floor, but also tiny animals like insects or spiders, which fell into the trap of tree resin and remained there forever. The mentioned inclusions are called organic. There are also inorganic, which include: sand, dust or small air bubbles.
Amber is used commonly in jewellery as an addition to pendants, earrings or rings. It is also the main component in the production of perfumes. There are some interesting facts about the amber: