50 peaces of loose Baltic amber beads Size of beads around 4-6 wide in millimeters
Amber is the lightest weight & softest of all gems. It is one of only a handful of gems of vegetative, not mineral, origin. The others are pearl, jet & coral.
Amber is warm against the skin. In contrast, minerals and glass are heavier and cooler than room temperature. Stones like jade, lapis and turquoise feel cool or even cold to the touch, but amber feels warm. This, along with its obvious sunny colour, is why it is known as -sunshine.
True amber is light enough to float in salt water, if not weighed down by other substances (like silver), but it won't float to the top, it floats like soap would in a bathtub. This quality probably helped in its discovery-inhabitants of the Baltic Sea area can still find raw amber washed up on the shore after storms. BN-6
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