Amber is nature’s time capsule. This fossilized tree resin contains remnants of life on earth millions of years ago.
Amber is an organic gem. Organic gems are the products of living or once-living organisms and biological processes. Amber formed tens of millions of years ago, when sap from ancient trees hardened and fossilized.
The oldest amber dates to the Upper Carboniferous Period (approximately 320 million years ago).
The Amber Room, a 1716 gift presented to Russia’s Peter the Great, was made from six tons of amber.
1,000 extinct animal species as well as various types of plant matter have been identified in amber.
There are processes used to alter the color, apparent clarity, or improve the durability of gems. Some gemstones have synthetic counterparts that have essentially the same chemical, physical, and optical properties, but are grown by man in a laboratory.
While amber isn’t a birthstone, it is associated with the astrological sign of Taurus.