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What Is Baltic Amber?

Natural amber. Several pieces of different colors of natural amber on large piece of stoned wood

Natural amber. Several pieces of different colors of natural amber on large piece of stoned wood

Our fascination with amber can be traced all the way back to Neolithic times, when it was carved into beads and beautiful items of jewellery to be worn around the neck or sewn onto clothes. The more amber a person had, the more elevated their status was!

The gorgeous warm golden colours of this fossilised tree resin are, no doubt, part of what makes it so very appealing. It formed millions of years ago when trees overproduced amounts of resin beneath their bark, although it’s not exactly clear just why the trees did this. 

It could be some sort of healing method after the trees found themselves afflicted with disease or pests, or perhaps after being struck by lightning, but whatever the cause, the resin itself eventually fell to the floor and became compressed into the ground. 

This resin contains terpenes, a chemical substance that breaks down and flows out of the resin to form the amber that we know and love today.

There are lots of different shades of amber, which form depending on where it comes from. In fact, there are over 250 different natural shades to be found, making it even more interesting and appealing.

One of the most valuable forms of the resin is Baltic amber, which is famed for its stunning cherry red colours, as well as its creamy yellow shades and milky white tones. There really is something for everyone where amber is concerned!

Unsurprisingly, Baltic amber can be found in the Baltic region of northern Europe, where the vast majority of the world’s supply can be found. It’s been discovered in all sorts of places, everywhere from Poland and Germany to Lithuania, Latvia, Denmark, Holland and the UK.

As well as being a firm favourite for jewellery and accessories, amber has lots of other uses as well. Did you know, for example, that it is also considered to be a healing crystal and has been used for centuries upon centuries to heal wounds and provide pain relief?

In fact, if babies could talk, no doubt they’d let you know just how much they like amber beads for teething

Baltic amber (also known as succinite) contains between three and eight per cent succinic acid, a naturally occurring compound that is also found in sugar cane, as well as the human body. 

This acid serves as an antimicrobial agent and when your baby wears their teething necklace, the amber beads are warmed by their body heat, which releases the acid and allows it to be absorbed by the skin. 

This in turn provides your little one with pain relief and anti-inflammatory benefits, soothing them and keeping them calm while their baby teeth start to make an appearance.

If your baby is suffering at the moment and you’re not sure how to help them, it could certainly be worth trying them out with a necklace to see if it makes a difference. If you’ve got any further questions, get in touch to see how we can help.