Often found along Baltic shores, amber is the fossilized resin of prehistoric trees and is among the oldest and most prized materials in human adornment. Ancient Chinese lore tells that when tigers die, their souls become amber. In Old Norse tradition, amber symbolized the tears of the goddess of love.
Here, a flower is carved in the back of an amber cabochon using a small hand drill in a technique known as intaglio. Set in a sterling silver bezel. Please allow for slight variations in each handcrafted piece.
Handcrafted in Gdynia, Poland. Necklace: 7/16"W x 7/8"L; 18", sterling silver snake chain with lobster claw clasp.
Mined in Sicily, Burma, Romania, Poland, and Mexico, amber is actually the fossilized resin of ancient trees, and is among the oldest stones used for human adornment. It has been called the gold of the sea because the most extensive deposits are found along Baltic shores. The Greeks, to whom amber represented the tears Apollo shed as he was banished from Olympus, called amber "electron" because of its tendency to attract lightweight objects when rubbed.
On the road to Ayutthaya, six women work
together in a jewelry-making studio, immersed in traditional Thai culture. Delicate clusters of faceted tourmaline and amethyst sparkle against 14-karat gold vermeil in these accents, inspired by those worn by Thai royalty ...
In Ancient Greece, carved gemstones were given as
offerings to gods and goddesses, and archeologists still find these precious jewels at the sites of ancient temples. The high demand for these expensive stones led to a thriving trade in carved ...
Forty-four million years ago, the forests bordering the
Baltic Sea created more than 100,000 tons of amber. Today, beachcombers along the Baltic coast can still find plentiful deposits of this gemlike resin, and in some places amber can be scooped ...