Amber is the hardened sap of an ancient tree. Amber starts out as resin which the tree secrets to heal a wound. The resin protects the tree from a certain death by making a sticky, protective barrier against fungus. When the tree eventually falls and begins to decay, the sap remains buried under layers of vegetation, earth and, sometimes, water, the sap continues to harden from the pressure and heat that naturally builds up in such conditions. This fossilised resin is the final product of millions of years of slow processing. Because it originates as a soft, sticky tree resin, amber sometimes includes animal and plant material as inclusions.
Amber occurs in a range of different colours. As well as the usual yellow-orange-brown that is associated with the colour "amber", amber itself can range from a whitish colour through a pale lemon yellow, to brown and almost black. The oldest amber recovered relates to the upper carboniferous period about 320 million years ago. As far back as the ancient greeks amber has been written of. In many writings there have been claims that amber promotes good health or wards off evil spirits.
About Oskar Amber
We are family based firm in West Yorkshire. Our jewellery is sourced from Northern Poland. We are member of 'The International Amber Association' helping to guarantee the quality and integrity of our amber.
Our Amber Jewellery
We try to source the best jewellery including cufflinks and amber necklaces from the best suppliers and regularly meet our suppliers to ensure the best possible goods. However some simple care routines will help preserve your jewellery.
- Put on any perfume before your jewellery (remember amber is not a stone).
- Remove your jewellery before washing or using household cleaners.
- Rub your amber gently with a soft cloth to bring out the shine.