Amber Multicolor Pendant
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Earthy sterling silver pendant with multi-colored amber stones.
Measures 1" in length.
Amber is a wholly-organic material derived from the resin of living trees. More specifically, amber is the fossilized resin from ancient forests. Amber is not produced from tree sap, but rather from tree resin. This aromatic resin can drip from trees, as well as fill internal fissures, and can trap fragments such as seeds, leaves, feathers and insects. The resin becomes buried and fossilized through a natural polymerization of the original organic compounds. Amber is used as an ingredient in perfumes, as a healing agent in folk medicine, and most popularly -- in jewelry!
About 98% of the world’s amber comes from Baltic Sea region, which is why the gemstone is often referred to as “Baltic Amber.” Russia is the source of over 90% of Baltic Amber. One Russian village in particular in the Kaliningrad Region is known for its plethora of amber deposits -- Yantarnaya Village, which literally means “Amber Village” in Russian.
Amber is very easy to polish, which helps make stunning pieces. There are many people that believe amber holds legendary, magical powers.
Remember that amber comes from resin, so many amber pieces have a resin smell to them. To test the veracity of your amber, some people suggest rubbing the piece in your hand. It is possible to heat real amber by rubbing until it releases the smell of pine-tree resin. The most common way to test amber is the buoyancy test; real amber will float in saltwater.