Conversion Table

Buying Amber rings and need help to Convert US Size to European size? Below is a conversion table :

Diameter (mm) Circumference (mm) USA / Canada UK / Australia Asia Switzerland
Europe / ISO
14.1 44.2 3 F 4 4
14.3 44.8   F-1/2 5 5 1/2
14.5 45.5 3 1/2 G    
14.7 46.1   G-1/2 6 6 1/2
14.9 46.8 4 H 7  
15.1 47.4   H-1/2   7 3/4
15.3 48 4 1/2 I 8  
15.5 48.7   J   9
15.7 49.3 5 J-1/2 9  
15.9 50   K   10
16.1 50.6 5 1/2 K-1/2 10  
16.3 51.2   L   11 3/4
16.5 51.9 6 L-1/2 11 12 3/4
16.7 52.5   M 12  
16.9 53.1 6 1/2 M-1/2 13 14
17.1 53.8   N    
17.3 54.4 7 N-1/2 14 15-1/4
17.5 55.1   O    
17.7 55.7 7 1/2 O-1/2 15 16-1/2
17.9 56.3   P    
18.1 57 8 P-1/2 16 17-3/4
18.3 57.6   Q    
18.5 58.3 8 1/2 Q-1/2 17  
18.8 58.9   R   19
19 59.5 9 R-1/2 18  
19.2 60.2   S   20-1/4
19.4 60.8 9 1/2 S-1/2 19  
19.6 61.4   T   21-1/2
19.8 62.1 10 T-1/2 20  
20 62.7   U 21  
20.2 63.4 10 1/2 U-1/2 22 22-3/4
20.4 64   V    
20.6 64.6 11 V-1/2 23  
20.8 65.3   W   25
21 65.9 11 1/2 W-1/2 24  
21.2 66.6   X    
21.4 67.2 12 X-1/2 25 27-1/2
21.6 67.8   Y    
21.8 68.5 12 1/2 Z 26 28-3/4
22 69.1   Z-1/2    
22.2 69.7 13   27  
22.4 70.4   Z + 1    
22.6 71 13-1/2      
How to find the perfect ring for any finger shape.

Rings for any finger shape

It’s no secret that women like wearing rings. Like clothes, rings are a part of our personality.  It’s good to buy a new ring and hear compliments from family and friends. But sometimes, the ring which we think will be the one, doesn’t look so great when we try it on and we are not sure whether it’s worth purchasing it. We can’t pick any random ring at a jewelry store and wonder why nobody notices your new joy. To make a ring purchase easy and fun and hear well deserved compliments later, we need to know our finger shapes. Here is a short guide to buy the perfect ring:

Long fingers

Most ring styles will fit long “musical” fingers. Cocktail rings with unique stone and a wide band will look great on such fingers. Rings with horizontal stripes in the design will look most flattering on too thin long fingers. Try to avoid rings with very long pointed stones as they will make your fingers look too thin.

Wide fingers

A chunky stone with a medium to thick band will make your fingers graceful and slender. An oval, rectangle, triangle, emerald or pear-shaped ring will elongate a wide finger and will cover the skin on both sides. A big no-no for wide fingers is a delicate ring with a small stone.

Slender fingers

When buying a ring for slender fingers, pick a ring with a medium stone and a thicker band. Rings with wide band and an intricate design will work well. Ladies with slender fingers should avoid chunky stones in square, rectangle, round and heart-shaped thin band rings. Such rings will only make slender fingers too thin.

Short fingers

A pear-shaped, rectangle, oval or marquise cut ring with a narrow band will elongate short fingers. Try to avoid rings with a horizontal cluster of small multicolored stones or wide rings with massive stones.

Big knuckles

Ladies for big knuckles should go for rings with heavier band and bright stones with all kinds of décor around it. Such rings will make your hand slender. Avoid thin rings as they will only draw attention to your knuckle.  

FDA warns that amber teething necklace can be dangerous.

Amber Necklace

Amber teething necklaces are very popular among some parents. But parents should know that there are no scientific facts to support amber benefits for children. What are we talking about exactly?

We’re talking about the supposed benefits of amber teething necklaces for infants and why none of that is real. In fact, the necklaces are quite dangerous and shouldn’t be anywhere near an infant’s mouth. We’ll take it to step by step in this article as we explain why you should stay well away from these types of devices. First, and as the FDA points out in its warning, these amber teething necklaces represent significant choking hazards for your infant.

From falling apart to simple wear and tear, the construction of these amber necklaces does not make them suitable for the kinds of rigorous use that an infant will subject them to throughout the baby’s teething.

Unlike teething rings, which are made out of one piece of plastic and do not fall apart after use, amber teething necklaces are constructed much like traditional necklaces and herein is their major flaw. Moving beyond their flawed construction, one of the main benefits touted by advocates of using amber necklaces for teething is that they are a healthy, natural way for you baby to teeth and contain no harmful chemicals.

In fact, these proponents claim that the succinic acid found in amber actually helps ease pain naturally through absorption. That sounds plausible upon the first read but, after closer examination, really does not hold up under the scrutiny of science.

As the FDA points out, no clinical trials are backing up any claim that amber teething necklaces make. Focusing on the succinic acid benefit specifically, it is noted that the levels of absorption needed would be quite high and the temperature at which this substance release from amber is much higher than a baby’s body is capable of producing.

If a baby’s mouth were capable of reaching temperatures of 200 degrees Fahrenheit, the succinic acid would be poisonous to the child, not beneficial. As with most lies in the world, the succinic acid benefit relies on a mixture of half fact, half fiction and a huge dose of creative reasoning to tie it all together.

You can find any type of Baltic amber necklace for adults on but all these items are not intended to be used by children.

Do you think fake amber created by modern technology? Archaeologists found fake amber that 5000 years old.

Fake Amber

After studying two caves in Spain (near Sevilla and Barcelona), scientists discovered several beads that looked like amber. Archaeologists were puzzled since these beads were among items made of real amber. In fact, these items were mollusks and seeds covered with resin. The discovery was made in an artificial cave where, according to researchers, 19 people were buried. They believe that amber was a valuable commodity at that time, and trading amber was a popular business. It was used for amber jewelry as well as for medicinal purposes. Until now, we knew that people were using amber for thousands of years, but this is the first evidence of amber counterfeiting.

A full study published here:

Where to buy amber jewelry?

amber Jewelry in Poland 

Amber is a natural semi-precious stone that can be found all over the world. The most amber is produced in the Baltic region of Europe, It is not surprising, that the best amber jewelry can be found in cities and towns around Baltic sea in Poland, Lithuania, and  Germany. But the capital of amber is, definitely, city of Gdansk in Poland. Here you can find hundreds of amber galleries and stores that sell all kind of Baltic Amber Jewelry. It is estimated that 95% of all world amber produced in this region. So, if you need to buy genuine, authentic amber jewelry, you need to visit Gdansk. is proud to present beautiful amber jewelry directly from Poland, Lithuania, and Germany. Visit our amber jewelry store:

How To Keep Your Amber Jewelry Like New For Years To Come
Amber Stone - Amber Jewelry

Amber is a natural and delicate stone. A lot of people are wondering how to care for amber jewelry and if there any special maintenance instructions. Here we will provide some simple rules that will help you keep your amber jewelry look great and enjoy it for many years.

  • Keep away amber from intense sunlight as it may cause crackles in the stone.
  • As a natural stone, amber doesn’t like sudden temperature changes as it may not only cause cracks in the stone but even destroy it.  
  • Amber is a very delicate stone. To avoid scratching the surface and/or avoid the risk of cracking of your amber jewelry, store it away from other jewels in a soft bag.
  • Put on amber jewelry after you’ve put on cosmetics, perfume, hairspray, etc.
  • When washing the dishes, working out, doing your housework or gardening put your amber jewelry away to avoid damaging the stone.
  • To remove dust, sweat, grease use a soft moist cloth and gently wipe it dry. 
  • When in doubt about caring for your amber, consult the specialist at a jewelry store.
Amber Around The World — Where To Find Amber On Every Continent

Amber, if you are not aware, is a soft resin stone substance dating back to prehistoric days when it was first noticed oozing from the coniferous trees, trees producing cones, later known as pine trees, in the Baltic region of what is today Poland, Lithuania, and Russia.  This Baltic amber was later used by the ancient civilizations in creating ornamental jewelry when the trees that produced this ‘sticky’ yellow-orange substance fell into the sea during storms, was buried under the sands of the sea, the amber substance fossilized, and eventually floated back to shore to be discovered anew in all its golden yellow-orange glory!

While the oldest and largest supplies of amber continue to be Baltic amber, amber has also been discovered in five of the seven continents around the world: North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. When amber is said to have inclusions it refers to the fossilized remains of ancient plants, insects, remains of birds or even dinosaur remains.

Noteworthy Facts:


      Not all amber is the same.
  •   Some discoveries are actually copal a resin substance substantially younger than the minimum age
    of amber of ten million years.


  •   Only Baltic amber contains succinic acid that science has affirmed has therapeutic healing properties for such ailments as heart, respiratory, and arthritic inflammation.


  •   Without succinic acid, amber is classified as retinite amber from the beds of brown coal.


  •   Amber from other regions of the world does not always come from pine trees and amber from other regions is not always the yellow-orange color.


  •   The composition and color of amber in other parts of the world depends on such factors as the tree or plant the amber came from, how old the amber is, the environment that it existed in.


  •   Historians have been able to deduce early world trade routes through the study of ancient artifacts
    made with amber.


  •   Amber is predominantly found on the European, North American, and Asian continents

North American Amber

Large amber deposits found in Alaska, derived from ancient swamp cypress trees, Arkansas, Aurora, North Carolina, and noteworthy: in Sayreville, New Jersey amber was discovered just a few feet below the earth’s surface. Amber is abundant in the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic in sand and claystones of the Northern and Eastern Mountain ranges from Hymenaea trees and come in a range of colors with 90 percent of Dominican amber transparent. Individual pieces of Dominican amber hold inclusions of 500 to 1000 ants, flies, fauna, and flora. Amber found in Chiapas, Mexico to the east of the Lacondon jungle and also rich in fossilized insect inclusions.  Canadian Amber is primarily found in the area known as Cedar Lake, Manitoba and like the Dominican Republic and Mexico contain many inclusions: flies, arachnids, and other insects. Columbia and Nicaragua located on the North American continent also report amber finds: in Nicaragua along the Caribbean shoreline in sandstones with colors of transparent yellow to red with very few inclusions. In Columbia, copal found at Pena Blanca from the Hymenaea tree.

European Amber

As previously stated, Poland, Lithuania, and Russia provide the valuable succinic amber that is of a yellow-orange color but for that, quite naturally, the continent of Europe is a major source for amber discoveries and
has a large amber museum in Lithuania. Amber found in Italy, Romania, Spain, The Ukraine, in Germany along Baltic coast and Elbe River, Austria, France, and Switzerland. Noteworthy mentions: Sicilian amber found on the banks of the Simetus River and well known by its dark-red colors and blue florescent colors. Romanian amber deposits were found in the banks of the River Buzau, in the East Carpathians with color tone of Romanian amber brownish yellow, red-brown and black. The brownish red colored amber has a fluorescent bluish green reflection. In Northern Spain, amber was found to be of a bluish color. Amber from Austria comes from the Austrian Alps near Golling and Saltzburg in dark brown to black color.  Amber from France comes from just outside of Paris near the Olse River. These single pieces have a frosted appearance and with polishing is yellow transparent.

Asian Amber

A 150 kg of Amber from a coal mine in Northwest India in the Gujarat Province that scientists report to be 50 million years old was discovered in Cambay Shale.  In Northern Burma, now called Myanmar, amber has been found in clay deposits and coal seams in the Hukong Valley. Amber found in China, in the coal beds of the Guchenzgi formation, near to the city of Fu Shun, province Liaoning.  Amber found weighing in at 30kg in a coal seam of the Merit-Pila coalmine in Sarawak, North Borneo, Malaysia.  Amber found in Northern Japan, predominantly in the city of Kuji, but also in Mizunami and Chosi.  Chosi amber has varied colors while Mizunami amber is dark brown or an intense red. The Kuji amber deposits came from mountainous slopes.  Japanese amber is usually cracked due to the seismic tremors and pressure of the depths they were discovered in and within the cracks are quartz crystals.  Found in Manila, Philippines: copal, a yet fully ‘ripened’ amber.  This Philippine copal is young at one hundred years of age.

South America

No reported finds of Amber on South American continent.

African Amber

The first real amber of Africa found in Ethiopia in Debre, Lebanon, the northern part of Addis Ababa. Inclusions: plant fragments, flying insects, arachnids, and microorganisms. Amber deposits found in Tanzania are older than copal but younger than Baltic amber.

Australian Amber


Amber has washed ashore along with a variety of other resin and pumice on the east shore of Australia in Queensland, Cape York in 1997.  Colors were brown, brown-yellow, sometimes red transparent. Many inclusions.

Antarctica Amber

No amber found in Antarctica. 

6 Biggest Amber Stones

There’s gold in them thar trees! Such is what the ancient Baltic civilizations, which resided along the coasts of Russia, Lithuania, and Poland, would discover about a fossilized mineral known as amber, a mineral dating back 95 million years to prehistoric days! All amber mined today, around the globe, is thirty to ninety-five million years old! Any amber found younger than that is of a softer consistency and called copal.

The Baltic region was and continues to be the source for this yellow-orange ‘sticky’ treasure that oozed from the trees and brought about the studying of the leaves, seeds, feathers, and insects that became ensnared and fossilized within, which ascertained prehistoric mankind was the first to experience this phenomenal ‘gold’
sap-like substance. The trees from which it flowed were of an Evergreen variety, called coniferous, meaning trees that produced [pine] cones. This yellow-orange amber substance meant for the tree to heal itself from the cracks and breaks nature brought to the tree. The small objects caught in the amber’s slow-moving path only one of many mysteries that intrigued the scientific community with regards this substance that would eventually be classified as a resin mineral.

This sap-like amber, a mystery to those Paleolithic cave dwellers, became the source of health, wealth and legendary stories of the ancient civilizations residing along the Baltic shoreline. Scientists came to confirm the legendary folklore of amber’s medicinal qualities, recognizing the mineral’s ability to heal inflammation in the body. The ancient civilizations learned they could polish, shape, and mold this amber for ornamental decoration, usually in the shape of a teardrop. Besides amber jewelry, this resin mineral that flowed from pines became source for creating perfumes, incense, varnishes, and lacquers and carried much weight around the globe and why there came the active search for this substance known as amber that lay buried deep beneath sand and clay in the sea where the coniferous trees had fallen, brought back to the shore only by any large storms. The global searching has revealed raw amber stones almost as large as the legendary Greek, Russian, and Lithuanian folklore repeated through the centuries to explain this ‘magical mineral mystery.’

On June 15, 2015, The House of Amber and Copenhagen Amber Museum claimed ownership of an amber stone
discovered in the Darmasraya region in West Sumatra by miners and is estimated to be 15-25 million years old weighing 47.5 kilograms, approximately 105 pounds, and setting them for inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records.

In February 2017, the International Amber Association of Poland, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, reported that Joseph Fam of Singapore owns an amber stone that weighs in at 50.4 kilograms or
about 111.11 pounds.


Found on January 4, 2007, in a mining accident in Indonesia and now on display at the Palanga museum in
Lithuania is an amber stone weighing 4 kilograms, which is near to 8 pounds and Europe’s third-largest amber stone, called the Sun Stone.

In March of 2017, in the region of Kaliningrad, Russia, a large amber nugget weighing 3.2 kilograms, about 7 pounds, was unearthed from a quarry, the largest in thirty years! Russian mining efforts for amber in the region of Kaliningrad mines700 tons of amber every year and is ‘the new gold!’

The Ukraine region recorded the measure of a raw amber stone at 2562 grams, which equates to 5.5 pounds.

There is also the story, reported by CNN, December 2016 of the ‘big find’ in a smallamber ‘package’ weighing 6.5 grams (one-quarter ounce) where the tail of a dinosaur was found encased in yellow-orange amber by paleontologist Xing Lida, in Myanmar, near to the Chinese border.


How to Choose Genuine Baltic Amber?

When purchasing amber, it is important to know whether you’re receiving genuine Baltic amber—or a cheap imitation. With scientific advances in creating gemstones and other materials dating back to the 18th century, the Baltic amber jewelry market has been flooded with copies of inferior quality that are seeking to fool the average consumer. Therefore, knowing if you’re paying for the genuine natural Baltic amber jewelry ensures not only that you’re getting value, but also ensuring that the natural healing power of ambers is intact. In this article, we’ll take a look at the most common forms fake amber types and methods on how to determine the authenticity of genuine amber.
The Types of Fake Amber

There is a common misunderstanding among novice jewelry buyers to assume that amber is an actual gemstone. While it is typically classified as healing crystals and gemstones, it is actually a fossilized resin. And therein lies how counterfeiters take advantage of consumers.
The following materials are commonly used in the production of fake Baltic amber:
Modern plastics
Phenolic resins

Casein is a plastic material that’s made from mammalian milk (i.e goats, cows ). Commonly shaped as beads, they have a murky, opaque yellow color that is slightly heavier than Baltic amber. Once heated, it diffuses the smell of burnt plastic, which is a telltale sign of counterfeit amber.

Composed of cellulose nitrate and camphor, celluloid is a trademarked thermoplastic which is often yellow and cloudy. One option to know if Baltic amber is genuine and not celluloid is to rub it.If rubbed the celluloid imitation does not become as electrostatically charged. Additionally, when heated, celluloid amber gives off the unmistakable odor of camphor or burnt plastic.

Copal is a form of amber that is close to genuine Baltic amber. However, copal comes from tree resins that can be anywhere 1000 – 1 million years old—genuine amber is actually 30 – 90 million years old. While natural inclusions (plant or animal material) are possible in copal, they are more often than not falsified. One way to determine if it is copal is whether the insects contained in the “amber” are in better too good of a condition. Another way to determine if your Baltic amber is actually copal is whether it melts at a low temperature (lower than 150 Celsius/302 Fahrenheit ); genuine amber tends to burn rather than melt. When heated it diffuses the sweet smell of burning resins.

A glass is a versatile material, but it is relatively easy to distinguish glass from genuine Baltic amber. Glass is more solid, more resistant to extreme temperatures, and cannot be scratched easily by metal.
Modern plastics
Including polystyrene and polyester, there are a number of modern plastics that are being developed to aid amber counterfeiters, especially for creating amber jewelry with inclusions. Optically, modern plastic “amber” is difficult to distinguish from real Baltic amber because with their matched amber colors and limpidity (translucence). As with copal, inclusions are often too big and are too clearly seen. Once heated, plastics typically diffuse the smell of burnt plastic, not Baltic amber’s pine smell.

Phenolic Resin 
Phenolic resin is a versatile substance used for a number of industrial and commercial purposes, due to its inherent properties of strength and flexibility. This is why this material is commonly found in artificial Baltic amber beads, especially since the color is remarkably similar to real amber (limpid, murky yellow, and deep red). Amber beads made from the phenolic resin can be distinguished by a “too exact” exact shape (oval, faceted) and a smell that doesn’t diffuse the characteristic pine smell of genuine Baltic amber.

Tests to Determine Genuine Baltic Amber

There are a number of tests to determine fake from natural Baltic amber:
Buoyancy Test
When dropped into seawater, Baltic amber will float or be buoyant. This is the reason why it washes up on the beaches of the Baltic Sea after a turbulent storm. By using salt-saturated water similar to seawater (~2.5 tablespoons of salt per 1 cup of water), amber imitations of amber will sink in salt water.
Solvent test
Baltic amber is resistant to solvents, which means that it won’t feel sticky or dissolve under. However, copal and plastic amber will deteriorate when in contact with a solvent, like an ethyl alcohol, acetone, or ether. Using a few drops of acetone (otherwise known as nail polish remover) over the surface of the piece reveals whether the amber holds up to the solvent. If the surface becomes tacky, then you can rest assured that it's not genuine Baltic amber.
Heat test
When Baltic amber is heated, it produces a whitish smoke and gives off a smell like burning pine wood, which is sweet and pleasant. One heat test is to use a heated needle in an unobtrusive place on the amber. If the smell is plastic, it gives off a smell of camphor (celluloid), carbolic acid, or any other “plastic” smell. Additionally, the hot point will make the plastic sticky and malleable, while also leaving a black mark. If amber is genuine, this test will make the amber brittle and it also can chip off. Therefore, it’s more often is a good choice to leave this to a trained professional that won’t mar precious jewelry.

Static test
Of all of the tests, the static test is the simplest and safest test to perform on your amber. Baltic amber is warm to the touch and when rubbed, it will become electrostatically charged and attract small particles, like dust or paper.


The multi-century journey of Baltic Amber from Sea to wear

The holy grail of Amber, the Amber Room of 1716 held over 6 tons of Amber. The collection gifted to Peter the Great of Russia has become a mystery.

The history of the Amber Room spans three centuries. Let’s explore its history and some of the theories of its status today.

The original room began creation in 1701 at the hand of a German designer for the King of Prussia. Given as a gift in 1716 to Peter the Great, the contents of the room were sent to the Russian to symbolize the alliance of the Prussian and Russian governments.

Later in the century, the room was moved to a larger space and redesigned by an Italian designer. Other semi-precious gemstones adorned the room, yet the attraction was Amber. For the following two centuries, the room received praise for its significance and the contributions of many cultures to its beauty. Peace was the feeling among the rooms observers until the second World War changed its history forever.Sterling Silver and Baltic Amber Pendant "Rose"

During WWII, the Nazis stole a significant amount of Amber between 1941 and 1945. The loot was kept as décor and hidden for the enjoyment of only German officers and officials. Even after the war, the Amber was hidden from authorities and coveted by Nazi sympathizers. The Amber was seen as something that was won in the war and now belonged to those Germans who had it in possession.

In Saint Petersburg, Russia, there was a reconstructed Amber Room made as a replica of the original room with donations from Germany. When the Russian government decided to recreate the mythical room, the German officials were only so happy to donate approximately $250M worth of the recovered Amber. The newly created Amber Room was finished in 2003 which helped to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Many of the pieces added to the new room were recreations to replicate historic photos of the original room. Although the old room resembles the new, it can never be exactly recreated.

Many believe that the entire Amber Room was pillaged by the Nazi’s and the majority of the treasure remains in underground bunkers hidden in Germany. Others believe that the Nazi’s only were able to abscond with the lighter items and left the most valuable and fragile pieces in the room for Russians to eventually hide.

To this day, the mystery of the original Amber Room remains. Historians agree that the actual Amber room was disassembled by the Nazi’s and that the remaining pieces are spread throughout the world in private collections and others have been destroyed.

Perhaps the gap of knowledge helps to feed the curiosity that still holds the passions of historians. Like your first love, knowing that it existed somewhere in time is all the belief that you need to know that it was real.