Today we will talk about the difference between amber and Baltic amber. Talking about
Amber necessarily implies referring to a very vast area that involves, both directly and
indirectly, a series of notions and knowledge that transcend the purely mineralogical field,
ending up to involve other sciences, from medicine to chemistry up to, for the most curious
, history, religion and art.
Such a vastness of topics and knowledge can lead to confusion, generate false
information or lead the reader away from deepening knowledge and curiosities that make
Amber so mysterious and fascinating even today.
For this reason we offer to guide you on this journey, venturing together to discover the
peculiarities and origins of amber.
A simple question that carries with it multiple facets.
From a notional point of view, we can define amber as a fossilized derivative of extinct trees. To understand concretely what we are talking about, we must refer to the natural fossil resin, solidified over time, originally leaking from huge conifers extinct millions of years ago. This resin acted on the conifers as a sort of sealant, pouring down, through the arteries and trunk, “sealing” the tree and protecting it from harmful bacteria, fungi and other threats to promote its livelihood.
Extremely simplifying the concept we could think, figuratively, of this resin around the trees as a sort of plaster with a thousand healing properties.
There has been a long question about how amber has come down to the present day, so much so that, over the years, two different theories have been advanced, although starting from the same assumption. Given the fossil origin of amber, in fact, there are those who argue that the fall of the ancient conifers and their subsequent decomposition gave rise to the gradual release of the resin into the subsoil. On the other hand, however, there are those who claim that the resin has gradually fallen from the trees, solidifying over time.
Both theories, however, agree in the belief that, after being released to the ground, the resin was buried for millions of years, transforming, due to being subjected to high pressures over time, into a dense and hard substance, giving life to the golden crystal which is so popular today!
In a sense, yes it is!
Amber is the relic of a distant past that dates back to around 50 million years ago. This is the most extraordinary aspect that places our gem in an almost surreal climate, leaving it perpetually suspended between past and present.
Many do not know, in fact, that the largest quantity of amber that has come down to the present day is around 30-50 million years old. Another great peculiarity that characterizes amber is the presence of the so-called inclusions, that is to say, the presence of insects and other animals in its interior.
Before it solidified, when amber was still a malleable resin, it was able to capture insects and leaves inside. When the solidification process was finished, those insects or the debris of other animals (for example flies, bees) were perfectly preserved in the stone.
This aspect has always generated great curiosity, especially in scientists who are still strongly attracted to this fossil to study the petrified remains included inside the stone. Many of the trapped insects have even gone extinct over the years. Through a methodology developed over time, scientists are able to extract the inclusions contained in amber to perform tests and research.
All this brings man closer to understanding what life was like millions of years ago and to compare it with today, so making amber even more valuable.
The name “Baltic amber” mainly refers to the region from which this stone derives: the land that expands around the Baltic Sea.
It is currently estimated that conifers originally found in this region have created hundreds of thousands of tons of amber. Therefore, it is not surprising that 90% of the world’s amber comes from Kaliningrad Oblast, a small federal country in Russia located on the Baltic Sea coast.
Beyond the origin, there is a further difference between amber and Baltic amber: something that characterizes and distinguishes Baltic Amber from the other types. This is the presence of succinic acid, present in Baltic amber to the extent of 8%, which is why amber from the Baltic region is also called “succinite”, unlike generic amber.
The presence of succinic acid enriches Baltic amber with precious healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
The use of amber over time has been very varied, covering disparate sectors, and being used for very heterogeneous purposes: from purely aesthetic and decorative ones, to more properly curative ones. Even art has undergone the charm of our precious gem.
The most emblematic example of use of amber in art is certainly the masterpiece created, starting from 1701, by Frederick I of Prussia with the famous “Amber room”, a sumptuous rectangular room completely covered with mirrors, mosaics and amber panels, preciously inlaid. Originally, the room was lit by 565 candles that reflected the honey color of the panels, creating a sort of shining chest for anyone who visited it.
Worth a special mention is, undoubtedly, the use of amber for the creation of jewelry, still a widespread use today. Many craftsmen work the fawn-colored stone to make necklaces, bracelets and other fine jewels.
The use of amber as an amulet, however, dates back to the ancient Greeks from whom it was used to promote good health and to wish good wishes. Amber, and in particular Baltic amber, is still worn by those who seek to reap the benefits of its known analgesic, anti-inflammatory and calming properties.
Amber has also been used in the construction of smoking devices such as tobacco pipes. In the 19th century, in fact, the Russians were known to smoke tobacco through pipes made with amber mouthpieces. Its healing and beneficial properties are known since ancient times and are still used today by modern and allopathic medicine, and in crystallotherapy.
It therefore clearly emerges that amber cannot be considered as a simple gem at all, since it is a real multifunctional resource with an almost mythological past.
A relic that brings with it information from ancient civilizations, a gem of multiple beneficial properties for health and a beautiful stone to look at. It is not so usual to be able to wear a jewel that contains materials of a past civilization or to be able to exploit properties that can alleviate numerous symptoms.
Baltic amber is truly a natural wonder.
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