Healthy walks along the sea are sometimes a good surprise for souvenir seekers. The Baltic Sea throws amber, or sun stones, it usually happens after big storms in the S, SW direction, so be vigilant by the sea. Amber is a beautiful gemstone that was formed more than 50 million years ago. This is due to its relatively high cost. True amber has a warm honey color, although it can be black, whitish and even blue. Natural amber stones are petrified resins from the oldest conifers. The price of a good piece of engine can average 30-35 euros per gram.
Amber in Latvia
Those living in Riga and Jurmala are interested in finding amber on the shores of the Gulf of Riga? Maybe, the instructor of the diving club Valters has found a piece of amber, amber almost the size of a Euro coin was found on the sea shore of Jurmala on February 12, 2022 after several major storms. Big storms wash away not only the parts of old ships, but also the sun's rocks. The most leached phosphorus is found in the beach area between Bernāti and Liepāja. Also in Jurmalciems.
How to find washed amber?
According to observations observed by the sea, amber is most often washed away from seaweed after higher winds and waves at sea. The coast of Kurzeme is especially generous for amber seekers. Pavilosta and Liepaja are the most popular places that boast large quantities of amber.
How to recognize real amber?
Amber or phosphorus? Read this so that the walk by the sea does not end in surprises!
- Rub the amber against the pants and smell of resin.
- Phosphorus is very weak, but it smells like garlic.
- The authenticity of amber is determined by means of an ultraviolet lamp, which checks whether the money is genuine or counterfeit. If the amber is genuine, it will have a bluish-green color under this lamp,
- Fake amber or white phosphorus, which is a legacy of the Soviet army and is washed ashore from time to time by the sea.
- A connoisseur can distinguish real amber from fake ones by several features - phosphorus pieces do not have sharp edges and are not as clear as real amber. People are advised not to carry a piece of amber in your pocket until you are absolutely sure that it is real. It can be tested primitively - by heating the wet sand with a lighter flame. Phosphorus will heat up and dry out.
How to distinguish?
Bright, pronounced color, broken is transparent.
Most often small stones.
Greenish, grayish-yellow, matte.
Duller hue, not transparent when broken.
Crumbier, more fragile.
With an edged surface.
There may be an unpleasant odor.
There are also suspicious large pieces.
Amber in history
A little about amber is the only gemstone that originated millions of years ago from pine-like ancient resin. There are a lot of forests in the Baltics, so we are still amber on the shores of the amber sea. Also called - Sea wax, sun stone, tiger's soul. Our predecessors have not only noticed the nuanced beauty and easy workability of this stone - it is quite soft - but they are also aware of its magical properties, believing that amber increases strength and vitality, brings good luck and strengthens health, confuses the evil eye and protects from the evil eye. Amber brooches are already mentioned in Homer's Odyssey, which adorned the headdress of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in Egypt. During Neron's reign, merchants were sent to the North just after Baltic amber, as it was considered the most valuable in the world. In ancient times, a strong slave could be exchanged for such a piece of sun stone.