Few weeks ago my family and I went to the Amber Museum in Palanga, Lithuania. I was a schoolgirl when I last visited it and this time I came with my daughters who are schoolgirls 🙂 About 35 degrees Celsius outside at that time forced us to search for a shadow all the time but when we got into the museum it was just refreshing. It’s so interesting when you visit a place you were last in as a child and now you see everything different. It’s a place worth visiting! I always liked amber, such an amazing nature creation! SO many forms, inclusions, things or even furniture made of amber..I don’t know if it was the influence of this museum or a week by the Baltic Sea in Sventoji but I started to wear amber necklaces.. and seeing this, my mom gave me her old amber beads which are absolutely stunning! AND some smaller amber beads – I remember myself as a girl singing in a choir, dressed in our national Lithuanian clothes and wearing these beads.. lovely memories..I wish I could see those pictures now.
If you’ve never heard of an amber – it is used as an ingredient in perfumes, as a healing agent in folk medicine, and as jewelry. It is fossilized tree resin (not sap), which has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Baltic amber is the youngest in age and was formed about 35,000,000 years ago in the forests that covered an area that is today Scandinavia, the Baltic countries and the Baltic Sea. In some of the countries that surround the Baltic Sea amber is industrially mined and exported in large quantities — especially from Lithuania, Russia and Poland. Baltic amber accounts for about 98% of all the amber on the market today. That’s what Wikipedia says 😉 I love it because it’s so “warm” and cozy to touch and wear and it reminds me of a sandy Baltic beach with pine trees and lovely little bushes of Baby’s-breath – I’ve just found out their English name – how cute is that!
By the way, a photo with the lion – is a must photo for every Amber Museum visit 🙂 My lovely niece agreed upon it.