Real amber is millions of years old, and its use extends back into the stone age. It was historically used for three purposes: fuel, decoration, and for healing/medicinal purposes. (Amber teething necklaces are often purchased for babies).
The amber we primarily sell in our store is Baltic amber, produced by pine trees which grew in Northern Europe around 40-60 million years ago, in regions near the Baltic Sea. While the most common color is “cognac” amber, it is also “butterscotch”, cherry red, slightly green and darker brown.
Don’t be confused by “amber” from countries such as Somalia and Tibet, which is much younger tree resin. We differentiate it in our shop by labeling it “copal”. It is often quite beautiful when made into necklaces.