The Greeks believed that amber was the rays of the sun, petrified.
Amber is fossilized tree resin , which has been appreciated for its color and
natural beauty since Neolithic times.
Much valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone, amber is made into
a variety of decorative objects.
Amber is used as an ingredient in perfumes, as a healing agent in folk
medicine, and as jewelry.
There are five classes of amber, defined on the basis of their chemical
Because it originates as a soft, sticky tree resin, amber sometimes contains
animal and plant material as inclusions.
The Amber Room in the Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg,
During the invasion of Nazi's in the year of 1941, the amber panels were removed and
dispatched to Königsberg Castle (currently known as Kalliningrad), and since then, its
whereabouts remains a mystery..
In 1979, with the mystery of the original room unsolved, rebuilding of the Amber Room
began. The reconstruction of the Amber room began at 1983, according to the design of
Russian Architect Alexander Kedrinsky. Kedrinsky sketched the new design plan based
on old photographs of the Amber room before the World War II.
Six tons of Amber was used. A team of extremely talented artists, sculptors, amber
craftsmen and researchers was assembled to complete the project. After 24 years of
painstaking work, the room was unveiled in time for St. Petersburg’s 300th anniversary in
During the 18th century it underwent many renovations and extensions, eventually
covering an enormous 180 square feet. Over 6 tons of amber was used, as well as semi-
precious stones and gold leaf. Historians have estimated that at the time the room was
worth a phenomenal $142 million in today’s dollars.
There are five classes of
amber, defined on the basis of their
chemical constituents. Because it
originates as a soft, sticky tree
resin, amber sometimes contains
animal and plant material as