Given that amber is a product of ancient trees, it is now found in the areas where large forests of those trees once existed. While small amounts might be encountered globally, the largest deposits of amber, possibly 90% of the Earth's retrievable storehouse, can be found on the Baltic Sea. Baltic amber has long held the position as the most dependable and desirable amber for gemstones (although this market is quite competitive). Baltic amber is mined, but some amber can actually be found by "fishing." Since amber is one of the very lightest stones, it will float in saltwater. Storms in the Baltic Sea stir up the seafloor, and allow nodules of amber to float to the surface.
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Orange Amber (Ambroid) Beads
Finding and using amber is also a trick for the gemstone artist, since this material is expensive, exclusive, and easily imitated. But more on that later!
Raw Amber from www.wonderful-denmark.com
Cloisonne Necklace from our site, lunarbluedesigns.etsy.com, one of our unique designs! This one includes vermeil gold (gold plated over sterling silver) accents, along with Swarovski crystal, amber (ambroid), and fresh water pearl.