buyers guide

What is Amber?

Amber is a semi precious gem which differs from most others in that it is of vegetable origin. It is usually yellow or orange in colour.

Amber is formed from resin produced in the bark of trees which then fossilizes over time. The two trees which produce the resins which could fossilize into amber are the Kauri pine in New Zealand and the Hymenaea in East Africa and South and Central America. The resin hardens and becomes incorporated into the soil and sediments. The forming Amber then undergoes a process called polymerization. This process can take millions of years until the resultant Amber is formed and often transported by rivers to be found in places other than those where it originally formed.