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.
In Pomerania, a historical region between the modern-day
borders of Germany and Poland, amber beads were considered amulets against harm and unhappiness and often given as gifts to brides. Made in Kolbudy, Poland, by a family-owned workshop, this delicate necklace ...
The designer of this sparkling necklace was inspired
by the massive jewels that hung from the headdresses of India’s 19th-century maharajas. Blue chalcedony with rose quartz, framed here in gold vermeil, are stones of reflection and compassion, respectively.
These natural accents are inspired by the Amber
Room: built for Prussian royalty, given to Peter the Great in 1716, looted by Nazis during World War II, and re-created in St. Petersburg in the late 20th century. Amber is a ...