What it is
All the natural amber found today dates back to the forests of millions of years ago. The actual origin of amber is fossilized tree resin that ancient trees produced to protect themselves against injury or disease. A piece of amber is also a piece of history, often carrying with itself traces of long-lost species of plants and insects that existed 30 to 90 million years ago. Natural amber is light and pleasantly warm to the touch, and it is often thought of as a frozen ray of sunshine.
Where amber is found
Amber is mainly found by the seashores and other bodies of water, with most of the world's amber supply coming from the Baltic Sea. Washed ashore, the Baltic amber represents the changing landscape and the forests that used to flourish in these areas.
Besides being washed ashore, amber is also found underground. For instance, the famous Dominican blue amber is mined from the earth.
Keeping in mind the long formation period of this gemstone, the natural reserves of amber are gradually decreasing, making amber a more and more valuable commodity.
Amber has been used for thousands of years, and it has always been considered a natural healer. Amber jewellery has been used to relieve various health problems such as headaches, back pains, arthritis, rheumatism and fatigue. It also has antibiotic qualities.