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The Amber Book

The Amber Book

by Ake Dahlstrom and Leif Brost

Only $26.95
The Amber Book explains how amber forms and its role in human history. It is a lesson in art, gemology, science, geography and archaeology - accompanied by photos of many types of amber from a variety of localities in a variety of uses. This book is a 6 3/4" x 9" hardcover with 134 pages.

The Amber Book
Table of Contents

  Publisher's Foreword
9
  Amber facts
10
  The raw material for most of today's amber was produced around 20-50 million years ago
12
  Thanks to amber, we know that the insects of millions of years ago don't differ much from those living today
24
  Are there dinosaurs in amber?
39
  The curious belief that amber came from lynx urine may be a result of a linguistic misinterpretation
42
  European amber is found mostly on the coasts of the Baltic and North Seas
47
  Amber exists in many parts of the world, but its quality, origin, and age differ significantly from place to place
52
  In the East Baltic region of Samland, amber was fished with nets from boats or by wading into the water from the shore
58
  Both medicine and magic have attributed healing and protective qualities to amber
68
  Residential and grave site excavations indicate that amber was valued highly as far back as the early Stone Age, when it was worn as amulets or as jewelry
71
  After centuries of artistic innovation, interest in amber crafting declined and was not rekindled until modern times
95
  There are several methods for testing whether a piece of amber is genuine
117
  Jewelry made from natural amber becomes more beautiful the more it is worn
120
  Other amber facts
122
  Bibliography
129