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Get to know the changing faces of Baltic amber. You’re probably pretty familiar with the fiery orange variety that is adored worldwide and sparked many myths centuries ago however, there is a whole spectrum of colours to become acquainted with. From pale to rich yellow, forest green and smokey brown, amber has many identities other than the warm, vibrant shade that we’re so fascinated with.
There are many factors at play which determine the colour of the rare gemstone. It’s all down to the climate, the ground temperatures, the sediments of the deposit and how the surroundings are formed. There are five main shades of amber however, these can vary in tone bringing the total up to 250 colours and counting. Let’s delve a little deeper.
The best place to start is with the most familiar of shades - the vivid orange colour that we know so well. This gemstone gets its intense hue from the sap colour and the ageing process, which spans from 30 to 50 million years. The much loved shade contains less air and gasses than others in the amber family, which is to blame for the transparent nature of the beautiful gemstone. Yellow amber brings a unique appearance to any piece of jewellery with air bubbles, leaves, wood and insects trapped inside for us all to admire.
Fall in love with the rich red hue that can vary dramatically. It is very similar to the yellow amber in the way it’s formed as the colour originates from the warmth of its sediment surroundings all those millions of years ago. If a particularly dark piece of yellow amber is exposed to the open air for several years the surface of the stone will become even darker if the conditions are just right. This oxidation process changes the colour ranging from wine red right through to dark brown and is most likely to be opaque.
The next amber shade is bound to make you be green with envy! It get its distinctive colour after spending a fair bit of time in a marshy environment. Found in olive tones as well as deep forest hues and anything in between, many jewellers heat the surface with oxygen to enhance the green shade to create a dazzling finish. Over the years, it’s the green hue that many associate with good luck and immorality.
Admire our elegant collection of green amber jewellery with each design showcasing the natural beauty of the fascinating gemstone.
Next up is the opaque milky white variety that features more gasses and oxygen than any other creating tiny bubbles that are trapped inside the resin. It actually gets its unique milky colour from reflections of light. When cut and polished, the white hue takes on a more yellow shade - think of butterscotch - I’m hungry now too - yet over time it’s colour will change to a more light antique and eventually become more golden in colour.
The rarest of them all! The finest, most precious deposit of blue amber is found in the Dominican Republic and is often worth more than gold and diamonds due to its exclusivity. The highest quality of blue amber is found deep in the sandstone mountains and like its family members is 25-40 million years old. The dazzling blue colour is due to natural sunlight and will transform when a fluorescent light shines on it.