Baltic Amber Pendant Necklace
This necklace features a polished bead of fine baltic amber. All beads are teardrop in shape. The setting is sterling silver and surrounds the bead allowing for inspection of this unique time-capsule from all directions. All beads contain plant inclusions, though it is possible one may discover an arthropod or other organic matter. The estimated age is 40,000,000-60,000,000 years old.
As pictured above, the necklace comes with a handsome display/storage box and a small information card that also serves as the certificate of authenticity. All components of the necklace are sterling silver, including the 18" (45cm) box-style chain.
Sizing: The amber beads measure roughly 1" by 1/2" (21mm x 16mm).
Color: All Baltic Amber pendants have a rich orange color. This color can change to a brilliant yellow when hit with light from different angles. The color of underlying garments will also impact the brightness of the amber. The images on this page are of a single pendant taken in many different settings.
About Baltic Amber
When compressed and heated beneath layers of sediment for millions of years, tree resin undergoes a process of molecular polymerization. The result is a low-density, amorphous solid known as amber.
When recovered, amber is often dull, reddish-brown, or even gray. After polishing, amber practically glows. This glow has been prized by humans for millennia. Scientists often find objects trapped in fossilized amber. These objects are called inclusions, and they range from dust and pollen to insects and even fossilized lizards!
The largest amber deposits in the world are located around the Baltic Sea. Amber from this region, referred to as Baltic amber, is considered the highest amber quality in the world. Baltic amber deposits date from the Eocene period, some 40-60 million years ago. Scientists consider Baltic amber the greatest repository of fossilized insects from any age.