Since the stone age, man has been attracted to amber’s beauty and been fascinated by its origins.
Amber begins, as ancient tree resin. Trees such as pine secrete this resin for protection, when damage to the bark or branches occur. Damage can lead to infection, so the resin seals the wound, much as a blood clot does. As resin oozes out it regularly captures plant and animal material. These prehistoric delights then find themselves covered in an antiseptic glue which preserves them in time. Then, under the right conditions and over the course of millions of years, the resin hardens.
Found washed up on beaches or recovered from mines, these hardened time capsules are then sent for evaluation. Once polished the interior of these gemstones become visible. Revealing a tantalizing glimpse into the past. Perfectly preserved we see insects and plant specimens from a prehistoric period. Once the features of the amber have been realized the amber is shaped ready for an exciting piece of jewellery. The most expensive of which contain whole insects.
In ancient times travelers would carry amber for protection. In the Far East, its the symbol of courage. In Asian cultures its regarded as the ‘soul of the tiger’. Egyptians placed a piece of amber in the casket of a loved one to ensure the body would forever remain whole and to early Christians it signified the presence of god.