Amber, sometimes known as ‘Baltic Gold’ can be found all along the Baltic Sea coast of Poland.
Amber is fossilized tree resin from the Cretaceous and Paleocene periods (between ninety and thirty million years ago), and because it originates as a soft, sticky tree resin, amber sometimes contains animal and plant material as inclusions.
Both Gdansk and Krakow have long been centres of amber trading and both raw / natural amber and polished amber often made into exquisite jewellery can be purchased from many different outlets in both cities and throughout the country.
‘Bursztyn’ is the Polish word for amber and many believe that it possesses healing properties, with claims that it can help with everything from teething pains in children to haemorrhoids (piles!). Indeed, as well as being a substance of great beauty, Amber is a key ingredient in a wide variety of homeopathic medicines produced in Poland.