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2022 Solaris Amber Collection

 Ancient myths suggest that Amber contains tiny fragments of sun beams so we have named our New Amber Collection Solaris the Latin for 'pertainig to the sun'  All the Amber gemstones in this collection have a lovely warm sunny glow .
Amber is the fossilised resin of ancient pine trees.  Our Amber comes from the Baltic region and was formed during the Eocene geological period about 44 million years ago, as the Baltic region experienced a semi -tropical climate.  As the resin seeped from the trees it began to solidify on the tree bark and fell to the forest floor, often being carried to the sea by streams. This is why Amber was found washed up on the beaches. 
Eventually as the trees  died and fell to the ground , layers of sediments, sands, gravels covered the ancient forests and a process known as molecular polymerization occured forming what is known as `copal`. Further heat and pressure applied  by the overlying sediments to evenually created Amber. The fossilisation conditions create colours of Amber from yellow through to deep brown . 
The Ancient Romans believed that small Amber pieces were the tears of the Gods.  It was also thought that the suns ray`s were captured in the Amber, what a lovely idea! Amber was also called The Gold of the North due to its enticing golden hues. 
Amber was one of the commodities traded along the famous "Amber Road" , which lead from the Baltic to the Mediterranean , and then onto the " Silk Route"  to the East. 
A birthstone for Aries and Leo, it is said to promote courage , vitality and personal growth and has long been used for homeopathic purposes.