Sterling Silver Baltic Honey and Cherry Amber Marque Dangle Earrings 1 3/4"l x 1/2"w
This warm organic gem was formed 44 millions of years ago when sap from ancient trees hardened and fossilized. The Baltic coast is the world's more important and largest source of fine gem quality amber. Amber has been used in jewelry since the Stone age over 13,000 years ago. Thought by different cultures to be some form of hardened liquid rays from the sun, this gem was traded between the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean Sea along a trade route called the Amber Road. It was an important raw material called the "gold of the north." From the Mediterranean and farther south it made it's way to Italy, Greece, the Black Sea and Egypt from at least the sixteenth century and farther back. From the Black Sea, this gem found it's way onto other trade routes to continue on to Asia.