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Amber morphology


Amber is such an amazing gem that comes in wide variety of shapes and colors. Each piece was marked by time, which we now know how to read. While observing amber, we can understand how it was formed.

Some pieces of amber were formed inside the tree, and some were formed while resin dripped down the tree trunk.

Interior amber is almost always transparent, because the resin was protected from the outside impact. This type of amber has a very irregular shape, and most of the time we can observe the imprints of tree cambium tissue.

Exterior amber is more common - it was formed from the resin, which dropped from the tree.

Icicles are the type of amber, which was formed when resin flowed fast from the wounded pine tree. More than 95 percent of all inclusions are found in amber icicles. It is the main resource of preserved vegetable and animal remains.

Amber drops formed by the overdose of resin breaching out from the tree. It is the most frequent found type of amber, and makes up almost 30 percent of all amber in the world. They can be different sizes and shapes. Perfectly round amber drops are extremely rare, since most of the amber drops were flattened when falling down the tree.

Trunk amber has the largest variety of color and size. While resin was gliding down the pine trunk, lots of other components mixed with it. Because of this, we can enjoy incredible amber pieces - with an amazing range of colors and sizes.