What's honey colored, organic, and millions of years old? You guessed it ... amber!
Loretta Siotka of Mrytle Beach, SC, shopping for amber in Vilnius. Photo by Ann Charles
Here are 10 things you should know about amber:
1) In the Baltic region, amber was found in graves dating back to the Stone Age. |
2) Amber is actually fossilized resin and organic in nature. It is 50 million
3) If you walk along the coast of the Baltic Sea, you will often find amber
floating in the water.
4) The Amber Museum in Palanga, a resort town in Lithuania, houses
30,000 pieces of amber.
5) Want to buy something special made from amber? Go to the Amber Gallery
in Vilnius. You'll get a crash course in this precious gemstone.
6) Colors of amber can range from pale yellow to rich, reddish browns,
and just about everything in-between.
7) Amber is found in many places around the world, including Lithuania, Latvia,
Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, and the Dominican Republic.
8) Insects, leaves and flowers are often trapped in amber. They make
9) When visiting Vilnius, go to Sauluva, a great place to buy gifts,
for a framed picture made from amber.
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