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Genuine Baltic amber from the famous Baltic coast region, bright vibrant yellow colouration and transparent, they may contain insects or plant matter, varying in size up to 30 mm they are from the Eocene epoch dated to 44 million years old.
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Baltic amber has long been a popular well sought after gemstone, its clarity and bright yellow colour and ease of taking a polish and cutting see that it can be carved and polished into almost any shape desired and has been so since Neolithic times. In reality, amber is not a mineral in the typical sense of other well known minerals, it is the fosslised remains of tree resin, trees produce resin for many reasons, sometimes in effort to kill of pests or when the tree has sustained damage. The thick viscous nature of amber however, traps anything too small inside, (depending on the amount secreted). As such, amber can in many cases include fossilised insects, spiders and sometimes even small lizards. The most prominent discovery came in 2016, when tests concluded that part of a dinosaurs tail had been preserved in amber, including bone and feathers. These inclusions of insects in amber propelled the mineral into 'stardom' when it was heavily featured in the 1993 film, Jurassic Park based on the novel of the same name. These particular specimens are of genuine Baltic amber which come from the famous Baltic region which encompasses various countries whose shores are on the Baltic sea. The amber from this region is rich in colour and dated to approximately 44 million years old, during the Eocene epoch. They may contain insects or plant matter but likely will not, pieces vary in size from 10 to 30 mm and are supplied in a polythene bag with a label.