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Baltic Amber Jewelry Making

Baltic Amber Jewelry Making

Baltic Amber was formed many years ago when forests in the Baltic Sea region shed their precious sap (resin) into the earth. As the earth flowed into the Sea, so moved the Amber, and eventually, onto the shores and the waiting hands of those who understood its miracle.

So how does the Raw Baltic Amber become the beautiful and homeopathic Baltic Amber Jewelry we see today? To answer that question, we must first examine what Amber is truly made of.

The natural Amber that is drawn from the Sea is rough around the edges (to say the least) but is still a stunning lapidary product. It is a Fossilized Organic Resin, and not a mineral, not a stone, not a gem. While it is by nature very soft, it is still strong enough to be cut, ground, drilled and polished. It will stand up to wear without scratches or cracks.

Every step is a process - and a project.

Step 1 commences with grinding Raw Amber on a belt, or sanding wheel. It is a tricky process and great care must be exercised to keep your fingers out of harm’s way. This step strips the natural outside coating of the Amber. This step also brings the Amber to a desired shape or form although the surface is still rough.

Step 2 begins with a preliminary polishing on what is referred to as a buffing wheel. This is also a difficult step for the Amber Artisans because the wheel can whisk the rough Amber from your grip. The best artisans prefer using a compound which contains a major amount of wax for this process to allow the natural surfaces of the Amber to breathe. While natural Baltic Amber is soft and can be scratched, it can also be polished again to its natural beauty.

Step 3 commences with a very soft, clean “mop.” Artisans use their own special combination of compounds from complex blends of candle wax with finely ground chalk power to – who could have guess – toothpaste! Next, the Amber is put into a metal barrel filed with water and sand to tumble which shreds the hard exterior layer.

Following this process, the Amber is then put into a barrel filled with soapy water as well as pumice. It will then be tumbled for approximately 12 hours and will begin to have a very smooth finish. But we’re not done yet! Using a dry barrel which must be made of wood or similar soft material, built in a hexagonal shape, and drilled with a pattern of tiny holes so the amber can still breathe, the Amber is tumbled again overnight using a mixture of small cubes of wood and a specially created natural paste.

Step 4. We are now looking at the natural beauty “from within” of Amber that glows and is at the point where our artisans begin the design phase. The artisan’s tool for this phase is a modified drill bit which will either create the space or hole to insert the plastic closure pieces or to pass through the natural silk braided threads. It is critical to maintain a perfect alignment with the amber and the drill to maintain accurate perforation. However, sometimes it is necessary to redrill and that is accomplished successfully with a bit of mineral oil.

Tips to Know

Because natural Baltic Amber is pure material, there will be a tendency for the Amber to become warm during all three stages of its journey from raw material to the finished product, namely sanding, drilling and buffing. Not to worry. It’s just Amber showing it’s radiant, breathing side. If the Amber is extremely young, you can always utilize water on the sanding wheel to cool it down.

Natural Amber in any final form, i.e. Amber Necklaces, Amber Bracelets, statues, etc., should always be kept in a soft, lined container such as a wooden box or cloth bag when it is not being worn. This is both to protect the surface of the Baltic Amber as well as ensure that its natural homeopathic (healing) properties are preserved.

How to care for Baltic Amber Jewelry.

Our very best regards and if you have any questions about Baltic Amber Jewelry please let us know.

Sincerely

Svajunas Petreikis

E-mail svajunas@amberartisans.com

www.amberartisans.com

  • I'm thankful that I was home today when the USPS carrier rang my door bell and asked for the required signature confirming successful package delivery. The parcel arrived in perfect condition; I thought the bow wrapped inner box was a lovely touch! The cognac Amber Bracelets and matching Amber Necklaces are beautiful and because we're having a sunny day here in Austin, Texas, I've placed all of the Amber Jewelry outside to absorb some of this marvelous sunshine; I've heard that amber is sometimes called the Tears of the Sun. Also, I find it interesting that people* who can see the human auric field, say that it's one of only a few substances that strengthens and makes brighter the subtle energy body. The 3 bonus gifts: multicolored amber ring, cognac heart pendant, raw amber. Are very much appreciated!

    D. P. Austin, TX

  • Your account records can verify that I'm am a repeat client from the USA and have always been pleased with the quality of your jewelry products and customer service. The amber barrel-clasps on the necklaces have never broken or failed and are easy to fasten by using feel of touch alone, which is a big plus for the very elderly; while the strands of individually knotted, pebble-like, beads of polished Amber that compose the necklaces, have held firm and remained shiny and beautiful throughout years of continuous wear and are making many of my close friends very happy.

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    M. H.- Indianapolis, IN

  • I just got my sons Amber Teething Neckace today and it is beautiful! I will be recommending your business to all of my friends because not only is the quality of the product great, your communication was excellent. thanks again!

    K.O.- LAS VEGAS, NV

  • I had done weeks of extensive research, and ended up ordering a total of 6 items over three separate orders. This is a family owned company with excellent customer service and workmanship. Over the 3 month period I was ordering Amber Jewelry, they continually updated their website to be more extensive and user friendly. They are flexible and communicate promptly and professionally. They also want you to know that your Baltic Amber Jewelery is authentic, so they send extra beads and explain how to test them for authenticity. They also provide extensive information about the history and uses for their product. I have truly enjoyed doing business w/them as well. They guarantee your satisfaction and accept returns and exchanges. I wish there were more small, artisan-type stores like this. I definitely recommend them for quality, customer service and overall value.

    B. P. - Pensacola, FL

  • I received my Amber Necklaces in about 10 working days, coming all the way from Lithuania! It's hard to get US merchandise that quick. The experience with this company was fantastic. Everything they said about their product is true. I love the necklaces...they are beautiful Amber and of great quality. I received confirmation on purchase and shipping right away and was not concerned with credit card info since they use paypal. All in all this is a great company and I will purchase from them again and again.

    J.O. - Toronto, Canada

  • Dear Svajunas and Amber Artisans, We received our Mom and Baby Necklace set and absolutely love them! They are gorgeous and exactly what I wanted, not to mention the fact that they have helped with teething and neck aches. I have recommended your company to all my friends--thank you so very much!

    A.R. Tarentum PA

  • I had a slightly custom request with my purchase for Mens Beaded Bracelet and they more than graciously accomodated 100%. My order came, and was perfect and absolutely gorgeous. It is clear that they took care to not only make a quality product but to also make it a personal work of art. They should be proud. I will be doing business with Amber Artisans again soon! Thank you very much!

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  • The rep at "Amber Artisans" responded to my email very quickly. And I received the Amber Necklaces shortly thereafter.I knew I was ordering from a company overseas and that was my main concern that the company was legitimate.So receiving an email that quickly was comforting.Thank you.

    M.D. Paradise CA

  • I am very pleased with our new Amber Necklaces. The craftsmanship is exceptional! The necklaces are beautiful and I feel safe with the attention to detail in the design. The clasp is easy to use and the individual stringing is peace of mind for my baby's necklace. She was cutting her two top teeth and miserable. I am not sure of the effects as of yet, since it is day two. It does take some time to recieve them as they are coming from Lithuania., so be patient.Thank you!

    E.P.- Glendale, CA

  • Amber Artisans has the highest quality Baltic Amber out there. I highly recommend them. I purchased Amber from another store and was not satisfied. Amber Artisans has the nicest and best priced amber. Their quality far exceeds others and the customer service is excellent, thank you Amber Artisans for truly believing in your product and putting so much love and effort into it!

    E.P.- Glendale, CA

  • This is my second order for Baltic Amber Necklaces, I gave mine away because my sister loved it. Your quality and authenticity is the best there is out there for Amber. My daughter wears her Amber Necklace every day and loves it. Thank you so much for providing such a rare, beautiful and healing necklace for us. As I mentioned to you in my email, my vitiligo is healing after wearing the Moms healing necklace for 2 weeks, it is a miracle!!! Thank you.

    M.C. Reno, NV

  • Beautiful Mens Beaded Bracelet, fast shipping considering the great distant. Thank you!

    E.K. - British Columbia, Canada

  • "Thank you so very much for the way you handled our order for Mother and Baby Amber Teething Necklaces. I wanted to let you know how truly thrilled I am about their quality! I was naturally a little worried, ordering it online, without feeling or touching it first.....but I am so completely impressed! I believe you have truly set the bar very high for having a "quality experience” with purchasing such an important item on the Internet. I am wearing mine everywhere and my little bundle of joy is wearing his.”

    K.S. - Seattle, WA

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    J.P.- Grover Beach, CA

  • "Just wanted to let you know the Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces we received were exactly what we were hoping for. The baby has been actually sleeping through the night and the teething pain has miraculously stopped. We will not hesitate to recommend your company to our friends."

    V.G. - Destin, FL

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