Amber

Amber, fossilized tree resin millions of years old, is a time capsule containing souvenirs from the early history of life on our planet. Ancient beads and carvings testify to the beauty prehistoric man found in this organic gem that glows like honey or drops of the sun. You'll find that its warm shades complement the earth tones in your wardrobe. Amber also looks stunning paired with blues, greens, and grays.

The two main sources of amber on the market today are the Baltic states and the Dominican Republic. Amber from the Baltic is older and more valuable but amber from the Dominican Republic is more likely to have insect inclusions, which are prized by collectors.

The largest mine in the Baltic region is in Russia, west of Kaliningrad. Baltic amber is found in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Russia, and occasionally washed up on the shores of the Baltic Sea as far away as Denmark, Norway, and England. Other amber sources include Myanmar (formerly Burma), Lebanon, Sicily, Mexico, Romania, Germany, and Canada.