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Jewelry created by nature. Insects trapped in amber

Jewelry created by nature-insects trapped in amber. Fossil ant (Formicidae) in Baltic amber.
Fossil ant (Formicidae) in Baltic amber. Jewelry created by nature. Insects trapped in amber

Jewelry created by nature – insects trapped in amber
First of all, about 90% of the world’s extractable amber, in fact, is in the Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia on the Baltic Sea. Meanwhile, numerous extinct species of plants and animals inhabit the Baltic amber. Indeed the Baltic amber includes the largest species diversity of fossil insect fauna. Noteworthy, the age of fossil insects – mosquitoes, flies, ants, spiders in this Baltic amber is between 40 and 60 million years old. A fossilized tree resin, amber has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Used as an ingredient in perfumes, and a healing agent in folk medicine, craftsmen also use it in jewelry.

Insects trapped in amber
A Mosquito trapped in amber

Baltic amber includes the most species-rich fossil insect fauna discovered to date. The age of Baltic amber is approximately 44 million years (Paleogene period). Estimated, that those ancient forests produced more than 105 tons of amber. Amber in the XVII century by distillation was first derived succinic acid. Salts and esters of succinic acid called succinates (Latin succinum – amber). Because Baltic amber is 3-8% of succinic acid (Succinic acid), then it also called succinite.

According to scientists, from 1850s, the source of amber resin was the only species of trees, pines Pinites succinifer extinct in prehistoric times. This tree has bit crust found in amber. However, conducted in the 1980s studies have shown that the source of amber were several species of plants. But recent studies based on infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis of amber resin and modern living trees, proved the belonging to a family of conifers Sciadopityaceae. The only current member of this family is Sciadopitys verticillata, a species found only in Japan, but known in the fossil state from the territory of the whole Eurasia, and even from Greenland.

Jewelry created by nature – insects trapped in amber

Insects trapped in amber
A Mosquito frozen in amber
Insects trapped in amber
An amber pendant with the trapped insect
Insects trapped in amber
Closeup trapped in amber insect
Insects trapped in amber
Well preserved a million year old fossil mosquito in amber
Insects trapped in amber
A fossil insect preserved in amber
Insects trapped in amber
In fact, Jewelry decorations of amber with a trapped insects inside are very popular
Insects trapped in amber
Amber with insect trapped in it
Insects trapped in amber
A stone of amber with trapped insect
Insects trapped in amber
Insects in amber
Insects trapped in amber
Natural amber with insect trapped in it
Insects trapped in amber
Baltic amber is rich in fossil insect fauna
Insects trapped in amber
Fossilized tree resin – amber
Insects trapped in amber
Natural beauty of amber
Insects trapped in amber
Million-year-old insects trapped in amber
Insects trapped in amber
The age of fossil insects in this Baltic amber is between 40 and 60 million years old
Insects trapped in amber
Closeup – Insects in amber
Insects trapped in amber
Beautiful pendant of amber
Insects trapped in amber
Various Insects trapped in the amber
Insects trapped in amber
Baltic amber with fossils
Insects trapped in amber
Brownish amber with Insects
Insects trapped in amber
Popular Baltic amber
Insects trapped in amber
Made of amber pendant
Insects trapped in amber
Sunny amber
Insects trapped in amber
Jewelry decoration of amber
Insects trapped in amber
A fly in amber
Insects trapped in amber
Among Insects found in amber – spiders, flies, mosquitoes and ants
Insects trapped in amber
Kaliningrad amber
Insects trapped in amber
Trapped in amber insects
Insects trapped in amber
Preserved in amber insect
Insects trapped in amber
Light color amber with insect
Insects trapped in amber
Polished amber
Insects trapped in amber
Macro – amber insect
Insects trapped in amber
Two beautiful pendants of amber
Insects trapped in amber
Used in jewellery amber
Insects trapped in amber
Ancient insects frozen in amber

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