Amber varies in colour, from milky white to almost black. The most common colours of Baltic amber are shades of butterscotch, honey and cognac. The amber that is found in the Baltic region contains a relatively high amount (up to 8%) of succinate acid, which acts as a natural painkiller. This property was well known to the Greeks at the time of Hippocrates, and still today amber necklaces and bracelets are worn to ease joint pain and generally to improve well-being.
The Baltic region has been known for its amber since the Stone Age, and was traded widely throughout the ancient world. Amber from the Baltic region has been found in Egyptian tombs which date back to 3200BC, giving us an insight into how far this much-prized gem travelled across ancient trade routes. It is especially interesting for us at Habibi Jewelry to note that the English word “amber” actually derives from the Arabic word “anbar”.
Created at the beginning of the 18th century in Prussia, the world famous Amber Room was given to the Russian emperor Peter the Great, and was housed in the Imperial Palace at Tsarskoye Selo near St. Petersburg. This room was constructed of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors, with a total of 6 000 tonnes of amber being used to complete what has been called the “eighth wonder of the world”. The room was looted by the Nazis in World War 2, and its whereabouts still remain a mystery. A replica of the original amber room was inaugurated in 2003.
When you purchase a piece of Habibi’s Baltic Amber Collection, you are continuing a tradition of owning amber that stretches back across the centuries.