Vintage Gold, Diamond and Amber Brooch by Gilbert Albert
Amber, often called ‘the gold of the North’, is a fascinating example of an organic gemstone – a group that also includes pearls, coral and ivory, among few others. Organic gemstones are created through complex biological processes, and their source can be either plant or animal. Hardened fragments of tree resin exuded around 25-60 million years ago that managed to withstand the biological decomposition, then submitted to prolonged high pressure and oppressive temperatures, have transformed into what is known today as amber.
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