Amber color variety

Nature has blessed amber with the most incredible color variety. There are estimated to be 7 main colors with approximately 250 different shades, from bright yellows to radiant reds and gorgeous blues and whites. Sometimes it is hard to believe that these amber pieces are real and created by mother nature.

Transparent honey amber

Transparent honey-yellow is the most significant color when talking about amber. It is also the purest. During the fossilization process, tree resin didn't have any contact with other outside components. which could affect its purity and transparency. Nowadays, we mostly find only tiny pieces of transparent amber. Bigger pieces of pure amber are extremely rare.

The color of each piece is affected by the resin it comes into contact with.

White amber

Only 1-2 percent of all mined amber is white amber. Sometimes people call it “royal amber.” It has the biggest diversity of all other types of amber. Often, it has blue, green, black or honey colors accents.

Green amber

Green amber is fully translucent. Often, it comes with natural inclusions and insects. Green amber is formed by resin dripping on the leaves. During the fossilization process, green leaves that became trapped in the resin gave amber this amazing color. It can be darker or lighter, but most often, the color is similar to olive oil.

Black amber

Black amber is one type of amber which contains the most inclusions. Black amber’s naturally “rough” look mostly comes from debris, plants, and soil. The color can vary from gray to black, usually, it’s opaque. 

Blue amber

The rarest and most valuable amber is the Baltic blue amber. This type formed when amber pieces were washed up by the river and mixed with soil saturated by pyrites. Nowadays there is less and less blue amber, but we still find some fragments of blue and white amber.

Color changes

Oxidation and the heat of the sun can change when amber is left out for a while and exposed to oxygen for a long time. It can last from 50 to 70 years until we are able to see any visible changes in an amber piece. That`s why it is sometimes called matured amber or vintage amber. Pure honey-yellow amber becomes “mature” red and other colors become more concentrated.

A wide spectrum of colors is one of the most charming and captivating aspects of baltic amber.