Lithuanian feast full of magic and spiritual growth

This time let us tell you about one of the most important feasts in Lithuania – Midsummer day. The longest day and shortest night around that time in north hemisphere is celebrated on the night of June 23rd to 24th.

The origins of this feast is Lithuanian Dew Holiday, which after christening was renamed to Saint John’s Day.

This feast is believed to be a magical night and so it has a lot of spells and old traditions. They say that on this night all the flora gets magical power and their healing properties intensifies.

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On this special night all young women would dress up linen clothes and go singing to make flower wreaths. Out of made wreaths they would count chamomile petals and if they get pair amount of them it meant they would get married, otherwise they would stay single. 

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On Midsummer night it was also believed of magical dew abilities. People would gather dew and give it to cows, so they would have more milk, sprinkle it on the gardens, so they would be rich. Young women also believed the power of dew. Early in the morning, they would wake up, wash themselves with morning dew and go to sleep again with a belief that they will dream their future husbands.

Fern and cherry color amber necklace

One of the most famous traditions which goes back to when Midsummer day was celebrated as Dew Holiday, is going on a search of fern blossom. It might be the most mystical symbol of human matureness since fern is a plant that doesn’t actually blossom. Fern blossom is not only festive entertainment sign or inner, spiritual world and life metaphor. A search of it is a path connected to spiritual values and experiences. This might sound weird, but this search of mystical fern blossom is based on rationality. To find it means to see the deepest meanings of existence, mature the wisdom of life. It is believed that goodness, wisdom and knowledge opens up only for the brave and persevering ones.

On this special night, we wish you to experience as much as possible and reconnect with your inner self.  

By Egle Didikaitė | Categories: Lithuanian traditions,
Lithuanian legend about amber

It is not a secret, that Lithuania is well-known for strong amber craftsmanship traditions, but who knew that there is also an old legend about how amber came to us? This story was written in 1842 by Adomas Jucevičius.

According to the legend, long long time ago when the Thunder was the main and the strongest God of all pagan Gods, the goddess Jūratė was living in amber castle at the bottom of the sea. She was the prettiest of all the goddess and haven‘t yet discovered the human love.

But one time, where small river Šventoji merges with the Baltic sea, a brave fisherman Kąstytis threw his fishing net. Jūratė sent mermaids to inform the fisherman, it is not allowed to disturb the sea life and catch the fishes. But fisherman Kąstytis ignored the warning and continued fishing. Jūratė was intrigued to find out, who did not follow her orders and decided to go to the surface. Once she saw Kąstytis, she instantly fell inlove with him for his bravery and charm.  Kąstytis couldn‘t resist to Jūratė as well, so he went to the bottom of the sea to live with her at the amber castle.

Unfortunately, the Thunder found out about their love and got really mad. He was so upset that he threw his bolts and lightnings to the amber castle and tore it down completely. Kąstytis did not survive this tragic accident, and Jūratė was stuck near the damaged amber wall.

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Now, with every wave that comes, Jūratė still cries and mourns for the love of her life Kąstytis and their love story that ended so tragically. Her crying and heartbreak sometimes becomes so sad and potent, that all the sea starts to run high, which involves small amber pieces of the broken castle and throws it to the seaside. Those small pieces of amber are called Jūratė’s tears, because of their clarity and pureness, same as Jūratė and Kąstytis love. 

For beautiful linen clothes we are very grateful for Lithuanian design brand GÝVA.

By Egle Didikaitė | Categories: Useful information about amber,
A fine romance between Amber and Linen Or How to style Amber Jewelry

You know how they say best jewelry is the one that matches every outfit? To my personal humble opinion Amber jewelry perfectly matches this requirement. Its soft nature lets this genuine gemstone purify every look and your eyes shine. 

For this exact article I’d like to stress the inevitable connection between Baltic Amber and Linen (or to be clear – Linen fabric clothes). This combination is not only practical since the summer came and the weather got hotter, but also because natural soft shade of Linen fabrics organically dances with Amber jewelry with every move you make.

This so-called dance can be light and delicate if you choose minimalistic genuine Amber jewelry set combined out of dark multicolor beans extra long necklace and bracelets.

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Or if you want to remain complete natural look, choose this kind of genuine Amber handmade bracelets from natural shape white color beads. Guarantee, it looks great on every skin!

Natural Baltic Amber handmade jewelry by Amber by Torvela_3

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You can also make quite a statement with handmade Linen clothes and bright green color natural Baltic amber necklace. A perfect match for a special occasion or just to brighten up your eyes.

Natural Baltic Amber handmade jewelry by Amber by Torvela_2

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For this amazing collaboration we are very grateful for Lithuanian design brand GÝVA.

By Egle Didikaitė | Categories: Useful information about amber,
Participating in Amberif, International Fair of Amber, Jewellery and Gemstones

March was an amazing month and one of the greatest experiences was participation in Amberif, International Fair of Amber, Jewellery and Gemstones. This fair, one of the largest event for amber admirers, was held for the 25th time. Surrounded by 470 exhibitors from 15 countries and over 6,000 trade visitors from 54 countries once again made us feel so honored to be a part of this amazing event, and such great anniversary.

Every exhibition is a perfect place to meet old colleagues, share new ideas and jewellery trends. It is amazing how participating in Amberif for 13 years brought us many wonderful connections – starting from business partners, ending with people that we can proudly call friends.

Hope to see you there too!

 

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By Egle Didikaitė
Participating in Hong Kong International Jewellery Show

We are so happy to be back home from such amazing International Jewellery Show at Hong Kong.

Gathered many wonderful experiences and met impressive people.

Every show we attend is a perfect way for us to meet our clients face-to-face. Exchanging good energy, smiles and making mutually beneficial deals. 

Next Show in Hong Kong is held in June, are you going to be there? 

amber by Torvela Hong Kong Show

By Egle Didikaitė
Learn more about copal

Colombian copal is a much younger fossil resin than Baltic amber. While Baltic amber counts 40 million years, copal is only 1.6 million years old. More generally, the term copal describes resinous substances in an intermediate stage of polymerization and hardening between "gummier" resins and amber.

 

“Copal resin comes from trees in the Buresa family, which is considered a medicinal tree to the Mayas in southern Mexico. These medicinal trees are traditionally used for clearing the body of diseases and also to keep mosquitos away.

Since ancient times, Copal incense has been considered sacred to the people of Mexico, as well as South and Central America. It goes as far back to the Mayan and Aztec cultures.  Mass amounts of copal resin were burned atop the Aztec and Mayan pyramids as offerings to the gods and deities. In the Mayan ruins, copal was discovered in the burial grounds, proving its spiritual significance.

Copal incense is a wonderful energy tool to use during your meditations. It is linked with the crown chakra, deepening your awareness and encouraging pure thoughts during meditation. Copal also helps to strengthen the auric body, removing all energy blockages. It is particularly useful in times of stress or even for alleviating feelings of depression, because it helps you to shift your mindset.

Copal incense is completely natural incense that is used to purify the energy of spaces, places and objects. It has a clean, light, woody scent that could be compared to pine or turpentine. One of the best copal uses is burning it to clear away all the negative energy and make positive changes. It brings a very positive and loving energy that will fill your home with peaceful energies.” (source)

 

No one can deny that this stone is also magnetic, it has it‘s own positive energy and the spirit of nature. In his book “Call of the Sacred Drum Volume 3: Crystal Spirit Medicine”, the author David Robert Cobb says that same as Baltic amber, Colombian copal opens and cleanses all of the chakras. Highly protective, it also aids in the manifestation of ideas to reality. The life force trapped within these gemstones promotes fertility, and its protective and environmental clearing properties make it a good stone to use to prepare a healing or birthing room.

 

Due to its softer nature, in order to be more suitable for the jewelry, Colombian copal must be repeatedly cured in an autoclave. Dishonest salesmen call Colombian copal simply amber, but even though this gemstone is known as the younger brother of Baltic amber, it is not it.

 

Copal has it‘s own unique color range, a little bit different from amber, which makes it an unique gemstone, valued for its own characteristics and exquisite colors. Discover our copal jewelry in the section copal and discover it in a new, fresh way!

 

By Egle Didikaitė | Categories: Useful information about copal,
How to take care of your amber?

Amber is an exquisite gemstone and it has so many reasons to be loved for, but be mindful and treasure it like it deserved. By following these easy guidelines, your amber jewelry will reward you with a lifetime of service, value and positive energy.

1. How to store it

Baltic amber is a precious gemstone, so be sure you treat it with care and treasure like any valuable property. Amber is a soft gemstone and especially with age it can even become brittle. It is important to keep in mind that chemicals and oxidation can cause an unpleasant harm to it.

Amber should not be stored with other jewelry because it can easily be scratched or rubbed, especially because of metals. We recommend you keeping your amber jewelry in a soft pouch with a drawstring for closing.

 

2. How to clean it

In order to keep your amber jewelry in its best condition, time to time you should clean it. To do that, you will need a soft flannel cloth dampened with clean lukewarm water. Be sure you have dried your amber very carefully and then you can lightly polish it with clear olive oil. After that, use another soft cloth to remove any excess oil and polish it until it shines.

Remember to be careful when cleaning Amber has an approximately Mohs Hardness Value of 2.5, which means it’s a very soft gemstone, and can be scratched.

 

3. Other valuable information

Be aware that perfume or hairspray and similar other chemicals are placed far from your amber jewelry. And please, never clean you amber with a help of commercial cleaning solutions.

One more important thing is – look where you keep your amber jewelry. It is extremely important not to leave amber in direct sunlight. If you take off your amber jewelry, put it in its soft bag in order to avoid direct sun rays.

Also, avoid extreme temperatures – too hot or too cold can cause damage to the stone.

 

Amber is an exquisite gemstone and it has so many reasons to be loved for, but be mindful and treasure it like it deserved. By following these easy guidelines, your amber jewelry will reward you with a lifetime of service, value and positive energy.

 

By Egle Didikaitė | Categories: Useful information about amber,
How to know that amber is genuine?

1. Visual amber test

The first and probably the easiest way to test if amber is genuine is by carefully looking at it. Since amber has formed naturally in nature, it‘s beads have some imperfections. Most common of them are small air bubbles, tiny cracks or even pieces of plants. In addition, it is very rare occasion when the beads are in perfect round shape. Oh, and you should also know that when touching amber, it is always warm, and that is not the case with the fake ones.

 

2. Salt water test

This effective test is mostly suitable for loose beads or amber pieces without any metal components. In order to do this test you will need seven teaspoons of salt and a cup of water. Pour the salt into the water and stir it until salt is fully melted. Then put your amber gemstone into the water and hope it floats. The real stone stays on the surface and the majority of the fake ones drown easily.

 

3. Rubbing test

This test is for determining if the stone you have is amber or copal. Real amber has electrostatic properties, so if charged sufficiently, it can pick up any paper pieces or dust. If you want to charge your amber you need to wrap it up in a cloth and then rub it for approximately 20-60seconds. After doing that, hold the stone near the strand of hair. You are lucky if the hair is attracted towards the stone, because it proves you are holding genuine amber. If nothing is happening, most likely you have a piece of copal in your hand.

 

4. Hot needle test

Notice: You shouldn‘t do this test if you are afraid of leaving a small mark on your stone, which can be caused by burning. Anyway, if you decide to do the test you will need to heat the needle and then push it against the stone. If the needle went in only slightly or some cracks were left it means that it is most likely real amber. The genuine amber also leaves a smell of old punged tree. In other case, the needle goes in very easily and the smell is either plastic or if it is copal  - fresh pine.

 

5. Scratch test

Notice: this test is even more likely to permanently damage amber stone. It is usually preferred when not expensive amber is being tested. By doing this test you can separate genuine amber from colored glass. Glass beads can‘t be scratched with metal and the real amber is a stone that is soft enough to get scratched. So if you are not able to scratch your amber beads then it is probably fake.

 

6. Scent test

This test is also when you want to determine what stone you are holding in your hand – amber or copal. It might be a bit more difficult since you need to know the difference between smell of these two stones. Scent of true Baltic amber tends to be stronger than compared with copal. And in case you are dealing with other type of fake you should smell plastic smell once a bead is heated.

 

 

One more thing!

Be aware, that some of these tests might harm your gemstone with little marks or even completely ruin it. So be careful and attentive by choosing a test and by doing it.

 

Keep in mind, that the price can also show whether the piece you are purchasing is genuine, or fake. If amber jewelry is priced way much lower than most competitors, this might be a good indication that something may be wrong.

 

In other case, it is your right to ask for a certificate from a seller proving the goods he is selling are made from genuine amber. Trustworthy sellers will have no issues providing you this kind of proof. 

By Egle Didikaitė | Categories: Useful information about amber,