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Tibetan Amber featured on one of our postcards.
Tibetan amber has been traded into the region from the Baltic for more than 2,000 years. Like African amber beads, the larger the amber bead the more highly prized it was. However, unlike the African amber, Tibetans didn't want to waste any of the precious substance, so instead of carving the amber into shapes they just drilled holes in the natural lumps and polished them, preserving some of the original shape. For that reason, Tibetan amber tends to have a more "organic" look than African amber.In Tibetan culture amber is represents the earth.
African amber beads.
Like the Tibetan amber, African amber rough is originally from the Baltic region. Unlike the Tibetan amber, African amber beads are generally from the 19th century and were formed into consistent, specific shapes. As always, the larger the bead the more highly prized it was. In general, amber tends to need to be worn to absorb the natural oils on our skin. If you leave your amber unworn for an extended period of time it will start to dry up on the surface, so remember that the more attention you pay to your beads the more beautiful they will become!
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