Amber is a wonderful substance that has been popular since the dawn of time. Is is a resin which came from prehistoric coniferous trees and is now found around the world in deposits dating back 85 to 100 million years.
The largest known deposits of amber are from the Baltic Sea in Europe.
Amber varies in colour and may be yellow, yellow-brown or deep orange. It often holds the remains of fossilised insects and pollen.
Amber has been valued by many cultures and reference to it appears in the mythology of the East and West.
Amulets and beads of amber, dating back to 10,000 BC have been found in England. Carved amber was traded by the Etruscans as far back as the 5th Century BC. In Asia, the oldest amber carvings were mainly done with amber from Burma.