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The Kaliningrad Amber Factory is the only company in the world currently that conducts industrial amber mining.

Igor Zarembo

The Kaliningrad Amber Factory is the only company in the world currently that conducts industrial amber mining.
The mining takes place on the coast of the Baltic Sea near the village of Yantarny (Russian for ‘Amber’). Experts estimate that 90% of the world’s amber succinate reserves is concentrated here. The mineral is approximately 50 million years old.

Igor Zarembo

The mining takes place on the coast of the Baltic Sea near the village of Yantarny (Russian for ‘Amber’). Experts estimate that 90% of the world’s amber succinate reserves is concentrated here. The mineral is approximately 50 million years old.
According to hypothetical reserve estimates, nearly 300 thousand tons of amber is available.

Igor Zarembo

According to hypothetical reserve estimates, nearly 300 thousand tons of amber is available.
Amber is primarily used to make jewelry and medicines. It also has more poetic monikers such as “tears of the sea” and “gift from the sun”, among others.

Igor Zarembo

Amber is primarily used to make jewelry and medicines. It also has more poetic monikers such as “tears of the sea” and “gift from the sun”, among others.
In the ancient world, a small piece of jewelry made from amber usually cost more than a young slave due to the fact that delivering amber to Rome along the Amber Road was fraught with difficulties and peril.

Igor Zarembo

In the ancient world, a small piece of jewelry made from amber usually cost more than a young slave due to the fact that delivering amber to Rome along the Amber Road was fraught with difficulties and peril.
Amber was not just used for making beautiful jewelry to wear. It was also used for more practical objects, such as cigarette cases, ash trays, jewelry boxes, and even clocks.

Igor Zarembo

Amber was not just used for making beautiful jewelry to wear. It was also used for more practical objects, such as cigarette cases, ash trays, jewelry boxes, and even clocks.
After World War II, the secrets of creating large amber products were largely lost to the world.

Igor Zarembo

After World War II, the secrets of creating large amber products were largely lost to the world.
Experts have distinguished approximately 250 varieties of amber, ranging from “sea” to “land”, the latter of which is found on the Amber Coast.

Igor Zarembo

Experts have distinguished approximately 250 varieties of amber, ranging from “sea” to “land”, the latter of which is found on the Amber Coast.
The reason for color variations is usually explained by various splotches, like, for example, those caused by algae that give the amber a greenish hue. If a lot of air bubbles were frozen in the gem, it turns a white foamy color. Some minerals can even give amber a certain silver tint.

Igor Zarembo

The reason for color variations is usually explained by various splotches, like, for example, those caused by algae that give the amber a greenish hue. If a lot of air bubbles were frozen in the gem, it turns a white foamy color. Some minerals can even give amber a certain silver tint.
Even though amber is fossil resin from conifers, not one conifer needle has yet to be found in any piece of amber. Scientists cannot explain this phenomenon.

Igor Zarembo

Even though amber is fossil resin from conifers, not one conifer needle has yet to be found in any piece of amber. Scientists cannot explain this phenomenon.
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15 January, 2014
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