Amber

Amber is fossilized tree sap from coniferous trees that have taken millions of years to form. Tree sap (also called resin) oozes and bubbles, plant matter and various insects become trapped and preserved over millions of years. These types of inclusions add to the beauty of amber you see today. Resin is produced by trees as a form of protection to help heal wounds such as from a broken branch. The odor from the sap repels and attracts insects. The two main sources of amber on the market today are the Baltic States (located in north-central Europe, on the eastern edge of the Baltic Sea) and the Dominican Republic. Amber colors include: Most common colors of amber found on the market are yellow, orange, red, brown, green, and bluish. Amber beads are used for making jewelry. The gorgeous brown and golden colors of amber look stunning with antiqued sterling silver. Other colors to use with amber are turquoise, a beautiful combination of warm and cool colors.

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