What is Amber?
Real amber is technically not a gemstone or mineral, but instead is fossilized sap from prehistoric trees that grew as far back as almost fifty million years ago, primarily in Scandinavia and elsewhere around the Baltic Sea. It is generally accepted that the amber from the Baltic region is the world’s finest.
Baltic amber is a fossilized tree sap. Baltic amber is 30-50 milion years old. Baltic amber is mined in the Baltic sea. The origin of amber is Baltic Sea, Yantarny, near Kaliningrad (Russia), former Prussia (Palmnicken). This small Baltic region holds 90% of all world deposits of high quality amber.
Age of amber
Most of the amber that exists today is between 30 and 90 million years old. Resin that is only semi-fossilized is referred to as copal or sub-fossil amber.
Amber from this source can be found on the East Coast of Britain all the way to the far shores of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Baltic amber deposits range between 35 to 40 million years old and is without the largest source of amber yet discovered.