Amber

Amber

Baltic Amber (succinite) - a fascinating stone, which is very strongly associated with Poland - is a fossilised conifer resin. The fascinating thing about it is that although it was created over 40 million years ago, it is still "alive", namely the hardening processes are still happening to it. Let's not be surprised when our amber becomes darker over time, and gets deeper and more expressive.

It has always been deemed a magic stone, human friendly, and has served not only decorative purposes, but has also been used for healing. Till this day the belief that amber cures many diseases, mainly thyroid and of the respiratory tract, as well as stabilising and rebuilding the natural electrostatic field, disturbed by ubiquitous computers.

Baltic Amber is a highly valued and desired decorative stone. Its popularity bloomed in the times of the Roman Empire, where Roman merchants used to travel around Europe looking for sources of the raw material, and the Southern civilisations were connected with the Barbarian North by the famous Amber Route. For centuries, this highly valued and appreciated stone, mostly at magnate's estates, it showed their wealth and power. Their huge demand for amber products in 16th and 18th century contributed to the development of amber craft, with the biggest centres in Gdańsk and Konigsberg. The Amber Chamber - the most famous piece of amber art of all times, which has been arousing treasure hunters' imagination since the end of the World War II, was also created at that time.

Today, the two old traditions are continued in a big, though contemporary, style. There are a few hundred workshops and plants, which supply shops and galleries all over the world with amber, which are located in Gdańsk and the Pomeranian region. Many smaller workshops are also located in other parts of Poland, and they effectively contribute to building the "amber" image.

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