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AMBER - INCLUDING AMBER CONTAINING INSECTS AND SPIDERS

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AMBER

Amber is a fossilised pine resin from ancient forests. It is a beautiful gemstone in its own right but some pieces contain perfectly preserved fossil insects and spiders that became trapped in the resin when the trees were growing. Most of the amber for sale is polished to reveal the colour and the 'inclusions' preserved within.
 
The finest amber comes from the Baltic states of Eastern Europe and is some 40 million years old, but it is also found elsewhere, such as Burma, Mexico, Lebanon and the Dominican Republic.
 
Pieces of amber have been picked up on England’s east coast beaches for centuries, most of it from Norfolk and Suffolk.  It is identical to amber from the Baltic area but how it got here is not known.
 
Tree resin exudes from the tree as blobs which eventually fall to the ground to be preserved in the soil.  Although it hardens after a few years, it is several million years before it is transformed into amber.  Younger tree resin, only a few thousand years old, is called ‘copal’.



THESE PIECES OF AMBER REPRESENT ONLY A SMALL PART OF OUR STOCK.
PLEASE ASK TO SEE A WIDER RANGE AT THE FAIRS WE ATTEND.