Where does the amber come from ?
In the beginning there was a forest but not here. In the north, where today Scandinavia. When? Over 40 million years ago.
Then huge trees similar to those of the pine family (cedar, larch) were very much resin. The resin, a mixture of hundreds of different chemicals, hardened, polymerized, oxidized and in millions of years Baltic amber was created.And from amber in the Baltic? Our sea is only a moment in the history of amber, it only counts 10,000 years. The deposits formed a long time ago are under the seabed, and the waves and erosion are causing them to slow down, natural exploitation. Thanks to the storms we can collect amber from the beaches.
The "Baltic Gold" can be white, yellow, orange, red, greenish, bluish and even black. It can have the shape of drops, icicles, tiles, barrels, scabs. Forms of amber nuggets are not accidental, depending on where the tree stands. They often include inclusions trapped in a sticky gum.
This diversity and beauty of amberfascinates and inspires people to create legends, but also fantastic ornaments and amulets. In the hands of artists and jewellery makers, the products that decorate people around the world have been created for over 6000 years.
Amber in jewellery is associated with precious metals - gold, silver, platinum. It is ofthen decorated and ornamented with use of materials such as ceramics, shells, pearls, wood or synthetic resins.
The exhibition presents amber jewellery made in the workshops of members of the International Amber Association.