WELCOME TO AMBEREU!
We are a family company running an amber jewelery manufacture in the heart of Europe, in the charismatic city of Prague. Our products are made exclusively from Baltic and Dominican raw amber. We preserve the natural colour and do not modify the amber in any way. We use silver, gold plated and gold components from professional Polish and Czech producers.
WHAT IS AMBER?
Amber is a semi-precious gemstone that comes from tree sap and has been dubbed succinate. Trees secrete resin (sap) for their protection, however when this substance is covered by soil under certain conditions it fossilizes into amber. Thanks to the overlaying sediments resin is exposed to heat and high pressure that first converts it into copal and then if the heat and pressure persist even more and terpenes are repelled from the substance amber is formed. It’s imperative that the resin that participates in formation is decay-resistant or for the decay forces (for exp. rain, sunlight, microorganisms) to be excluded, otherwise it won’t last enough for amber to be formed. Amber sometimes contains animals (mainly flies and other insects) or parts of plants (leafs, bark, etc.), that were enclosed by the fluid resin before turning into the hard amber. Since the process is long and took around 40 million years we can witness the life of our planet dating back to the Tertiary forest. Amber comes in various shades of yellow and orange, but can also be opaque white. The Chinese call this baila and have different names for all of the different types of amber as well. Transparent amber is called hupo which literally translates into tiger’s soul. Very popular, especially in China – that has been swept by amber fever in the past few years, is mila (bee’s wax) which is the non-transparent yellowish type of amber that truly resembles a melted bee’s wax. This non-transparency is a result of micro air bubbles invisible for human eye, which were created by water that was traveling through the resin as it was being created. Beside that we distinguish between two types of mixed amber – baihuala, that consist of all types of amber (white, yellow, clear and non-transparent) and jinjiaomi, that is part clear and part mila.
ORIGIN OF AMBER
In the past people discovered amber in the Baltic Sea when it used to be thrown up by Sea waves in the spring. These “amber showers” were very common in Latvia, unfortunately not much amber is left there as of now. Nowadays, Baltic amber is being mined in Russia, Poland and Ukraine and comes from the same belt as the famous Latvian amber. Besides Baltic amber we offer also amber from Dominican Republic. Dominican amber was crowned “the king of all ambers” thanks to its captivating looks that vividly distinguish it from the rest of world’s amber. Dominican amber is always clear (it can contain inclusions), though its color is what’s the most interesting part about it. The amber is yellowish or orange, however, thanks to its structure, Dominican amber reflects more blue or green light from the spectrum and thus we recognize so called blue Dominican amber and green Dominican amber.
AMBER AND HEALTH
Since the first time amber was discovered people believed it had healing and therapeutic powers, very common were amber tinctures in folk medicine used for various treatments. Even the “Father of Medicine” Hippocrates considered it to be an important medicament. In Poland and Czech Republic teething amber necklaces used to be given to infants to ease the pain of growing teeth. Amber powder is one of the ingredients used for potions and brews in traditional Chinese medicine as a part of phytotherapy. To this day amber is used in remedies and cosmetics for its antiseptic properties. It’s been uncover that this is thanks to amber acid contained in the stones that is beneficial for our bodies and helps balance out electrolytes and energy.