Let's start with the truth. 

Baltic amber in red color does not exist. 
Redish shades are called cognac and they are obtained when the amber is heated. And that color is only oxidative layer on the surface.

amber pendant

About red amber, we can say that some of the companies use vinyl dye (used for clothes).
In autoclaves, with pressure and heat help, amber absorbs the dye into itself. 

In this way, it is possible to make amber red, blue, green and any other color.
Our company never did and does not do this kind of tricks.

We are categorically against of any glue, lacquer, dye, plastic or any other chemical materials usage, in order to hide cracks of amber or change its color.

This amber brooch and drop earrings are natural color: 

amber brooch

amber earrings

And these round beads are amber or copal, which absorbed red and clue color vinyl dye:

vinyl red amber

vinyl blue amber

See the difference? 

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This natural resin is really amazing because it comes in many different shades. Until today there are more than 250 different shades but not all of them are identified. You can find it from yellow to orange or even white and green.

mix color amber necklace

Below we will introduce you with some of main amber colors--

Natural or White Amber

White Amber is the rarest and expensive color of all. You can know this color as butterscotch Amber too. It‘s characterized by its milky white to yellow shade. This amber is also referred to as Royal, Antique, Yolk Amber or just White or Yellow Amber. Since this color of amber is very expensive, other manufacturers sometimes falsificate this kind of amber by gluing amber dust into bigger amber stones. This kind of amber is called pressed amber and it has no valuable properties.

white amber necklace

Cognac Amber

The most popular color of Baltic amber is the cognac shade. It is a natural color, which was the dominant raw material from other minerals. Today cognac color is obtained during the heating process of gas, and then rapid cooling. How light or dark orange color of Amber depends on the number of gas bubbles found in the stone. The more bubbles are in stone the lighter color will be. It’s not surprising that this beautiful amber color is also called honey. Because of its light transmission, most of the classic jewelry is made from it.

Cognac amber pendant

Green Amber

Green Amber is very popular among stylish and trends following people. Jewelry made of this amber color is very fashionable and avant-garde. It‘s interesting that some time ago there were people who believed that green Amber color has the capacity to bring immortality and good luck.

green amber necklace

Red Amber

This color is also named cherry. Red/ cherry color is developed by exposing amber to very high temperatures. The color is obtained by heating cognac amber color like in the oven, and then amber piece covers up like a bread crust. Thus, this dark color is just on the surface, inside it is clear. This amber color is also named as royal, maybe because in ancient times it was worn just by rich people, not all could afford it.

Red amber necklace

Black Amber

This type of resin is the most usual. When forming, this color of amber was mixed up with the remains of the bark, leaf litter mass and tiny bits of soil. Sometimes in this kind of amber stones can be only 10-15% of resin and other could be just impurities, that‘s why this amber color is the cheapest.

Black amber pendant

Lemon/Transparent Amber

Just about 10% of amber is transparent and mostly found in small pieces. This color is so clear because resin was flowing in a shady place. The volatile components of resin evaporated slowly and did not make the resin turbid with gas bubbles, so the amber remained transparent. Because of the color transparency and freshness, this type of amber jewelry is the most popular to wear in the Summer.

Lemon amber pendant

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People believe that amber is a symbol of happiness and health. It has long been used in folk medicine for its purported healing properties. Gold or orange amber has a magical power to heal or clean the body, mind and spirit.

Amber pendant golden

Amber is an exceptional stone for discharging negative moods, relieving anxiety, or deflecting energy from others. It warms the more it is touched and generates a positive, uplifting current of energy. 

White amber earrings

This beautiful stone is a natural purifier, esteemed for its ability to draw pain and disease from the physical body by absorbing negative or stagnant energies and transforming them into clear, positive energy.

Cognac color amber necklace

It eases stress by clearing phobias and fears, and it is a lovely warm stone to wear.  Nature’s healing wisdom is locked within Baltic Amber, so make wearing it in the form of jewelry as a beautiful part of your daily wellness practice.

 Wow amber necklace

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As you know amber is not a gemstone or a mineral.

It’s the hardened resin of certain trees fossilized over long periods of time.

Occasionally, resin running down a tree trapped small insects and preserved them for the ages. 

Amber with insects 1

Can you believe that more than half of the inclusions found in amber are flies, ants, beetles, spiders, termites, bees, wasps, cockroaches or even lizards and frogs?

Skin, scales, fur and feathers are just some of the incredibly detailed features found in amber.

Because of these insects trapped in amber has helped paleontologists to reconstruct life on earth and identify more than 1000 extinct species of insects.

Isn’t it amazing?

Amber with insects 2

Amber jewelry that has insects inside is the most unique and rare.

When you buy amber with insects, you can be sure that no one will ever have a similar piece like yours.

What nature has done once, no one can replicate it.

Amber with insects 3

Explore our natural amber jewelry with insects here. 

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If you are into mystical and magical things - you will like this article. Needless to say, you will be able to see amber in another light.

There is no doubt, that amber has some healing abilities, but who knew it has also some powers we might do not really understand, even though it affects us.

There exists a lot of folklore around the powers of amber through the ages, some of them contained powerful magic to ward off witches, evil forces and other witchcraft.

In astrology, amber is classified as a gemstone for several different signs of the Zodiac for its strength and energy. This is a happy part for both Cancer and Taurus, cause amber helps these signs the most.

It is Cancer’s birthstone and it's been thought to reflect the energy of the sunniest and warmest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere where it is found.

You might also see amber listed as a birthstone for the astrological sign of Taurus. It fits and aligns with this sign appropriately for the nature lover in the scope of its own earthy origins. The orange-gold colors in Amber are supposed to stabilize higher energies in the physical body and therefore influence Taurus by calming them and offering protection and balance.

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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.

Amber by Torvela white color necklace

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.

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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.

tamsus mix

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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.

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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. 

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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.

 

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