Although Amber is usually categorized as a precious gemstone due to some of its qualities, it is
actually a fossilized resin. Amber has been known to man since the beginning of time and since
Amber forms naturally around the world, it has been used mainly as ornamental jewelry.
There are no real industrial uses for Amber, however since Amber has been known to man for thousands of years it has been given many mystical qualities over the years by different cultures.
The most famous use of Amber happened with the construction of the Amber room in the year 1701, at Charlottenburg Palace, home of Friedrich I, the first King of Prussia. In 1755, Czarina Elizabeth ordered the room to be moved to the Catherine Palace in Pushkin. On June 22, 1941, the German soldiers plundered and tore down the Amber Room within 36 hours, packed it up in 27 crates and shipped it to Konigsberg, Germany (present-day Kaliningrad).
The room was
reinstalled in Konigsberg’s castle museum on the Baltic Coast. In late 1943, with the end of the
war in sight, it was advised to dismantle the Amber Room and crate it away. In August of the
following year, allied bombing raids destroyed the city and turned the castle museum into ruins.
And with that, the trail of the Amber Room was lost
Today, Amber is more in use with jewellery and artifacts. In the last couple of years there has been a growing demand for Amber jewellery and designers have created masterpieces which have been showcased in major exhibitions. The biggest markets for Amber jewellery are America, China and Europe. Gradually the acceptance of Amber has grown in South East Asia, Middle East and Pacific countries.
Poland has large manufacturing of Amber in combination with silver and Polish companies are producing the finest Amber jewellery, tableware, cutlery and decorative objects. Other countries which manufacture Amber products are Lithuania and Russia.
Wearing Amber is like wearing one of the oldest creations of nature.