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 resin seeped from the trees it either collected on the trees or fell to the forest floor . Eventually it was covered with layers of sediments and a process known as molecular polymerization occured forming what is known as `copal`. Further heat and pressure was applied by the overlying sediments to evenually create Amber. Depending on the fossilisation conditions , different colours of Amber will form .
Sometimes , as the resin seeped out of the pine trees insects , foliage and even water droplets were encapsulated inside the sticky substance. These pieces of Amber now give us a wonderful insight into life 44 million years ago.
We have a few pieces of insects in Amber left in our collection , in Nature`s Time Capsule!
There are also some lovely legends associated with Amber . The Ancient Romans believed that small Amber pieces were the tears of the Gods. It was also thought that somehow the suns ray`s were captured in the Amber, what a lovely idea!
A birthstone for Aries and Leo, it is said to promote courage , vitality and personal growth.