Amber - the gold of the Baltic Sea
Nowhere else in the world was and is more amber found than in East Prussia. Baltic amber is the fossil resin of forests that existed 30 and 50 million years ago. As early as in the Neolithic Age amber was used to make jewellery. Already in ancient times there were trade connections which brought amber from the Samland coast to the Mediterranean area, where it was very popular especially with the Romans. Amber comes in various colours, shapes and sizes and can even contain inclusions of small animals or remains of plants, feathers or hair. Amber carvers create outstanding works of art with this material, which were once appreciated as valuable princely gifts but also enchant people in its more modern forms.