Amber Statement Necklace - Natural Cognac Vintage Baltic Amber Necklace
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This stunning Bohemian natural cognac Vintage Baltic Amber Necklace truly makes a statement. Not only is its natural Cognac color beautiful, but its rustic design is both sophisticated and somewhat wild, maybe Bohemian.
🔮 Amber has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty throughout the ages. There is even evidence that it was a gemstone of value dating all the way back to the Neolithic period.
Being derived from fossilized tree resin, some amber actually contains captured remains of insects and plants creating a kind of record of the planet at the time of its formation.
Amber has a long history of uses in medicine. Amber and its extracts were used in the time of Hippocrates in ancient Greece to treat a wide variety of ailments. It's use continued throughout the Middle ages and up until the early twentieth Century.
It's uses are many and varied and range from teething rings (said to sooth inflamed gums) to intricate and beautiful buildings, such as the famous Amber room of the Czars, which was dismantled and hidden from Nazis during World War II.
Amber was known as "elecktron" to the ancient Greeks because rubbing a piece of amber with a soft cloth gives it an electric charge, a rare property among precious stones. The ancient Germans knew amber as "bernstein" (literally, "burn stone") because they valued it for its use as incense rather than as a precious stone.
Amber is often classified as a precious stone, but it isn't actually a mineral or stone at all; amber is the fossilized sap, or resin, of a pine tree. "Sea amber," found washed up on the shore among seaweed, is more valuable than mined amber because its surface is smooth and polished by the waves, rather than covered with a crust like amber from the earth. Amber washes up on beaches because it is light enough to float in seawater.
History of Amber
As valuable as it is today, amber once commanded an even higher price. Pliny wrote that the Roman Emperor Nero considered even a small amber figurine to be worth more than a healthy slave. Even farther back, amber was an important part of Stone Age man's daily rituals and supernatural beliefs. Amber, in its fossil form Amber can be up to 135 million years old, but most specimens are closer to 25 to 50 million years old