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History of Amber
Amber is in the range of 35-140 million years old: even primitive people mined and used it. It was the subject of exchange, trade, crafts, raw material for manufacturing of jewellery and amulets. Later, amber jewellery was worn by pharaohs and priests of Egypt: it decorated the crown of Pharaoh Tutankhamen. Ancient Greeks sent their ships for amber search.
Amber is mentioned in Homer’s "Odyssey". According to Pliny (Roman author of "Natural history", 1st century A.D.), a small amber figurine costed more than a healthy slave. Rich Romans always carried amber beads, they rubbed them with their hands, believing that amber reinforces their power.
In China and Japan cherry-colored amber was especially worshiped, as a reminder of dragon’s blood, it was worn in the imperial family. In the Eastern countries transparent yellow to greenish and milky-white clouded amber was also highly valued. Amber in nature is found in different shapes and sizes: from fractional grams to several kilograms.