Amber 19th Century Baltic Origin Dowry Strand

  • 19th - Early 20th Century Smooth Natural Baltic Amber Nugget Trade Beads.
  • Used as high level Prestige and Dowry Currency in Tibet and Nepal.
  • Natural untreated Amber that has a cloudy or opaque “butter yellow” or "butterscotch" appearance originates from Northern Europe, where the collective name of Baltic Amber is applied. It is suggested that as much as 75% of Baltic amber has this quality of color and appearance, ranging from dense white in color through tones of yellow, tawny gold (butterscotch), cognac red-brown and black (deepest brown). For the general European taste and aesthetic, clear "sunshine" yellow Amber is regarded as superior to "cloudy" opaque Ambers. Transparent clear Amber was viewed more to resemble precious stones (Topaz, Citrine, Yellow Sapphire) that are highly valued for their clarity and gem qualities. Likewise the European aesthetic appreciated transparent Amber as more often there are clearly defined "inclusions" and materials visibly trapped inside during the Amber formation/ fossilization period; animal, vegetable, and more rarely mineral. The purveyors and merchants of Baltic Amber would usually export cloudier Ambers abroad as inferior or less desirable. When true, natural examples of this exported Amber were received in Asian destinations such as China, Nepal, Tibet and as far as Mali, West Africa, this cloudy material (with it's rich color variations and warm hues) was much preferred to clear Amber. The natural Baltic cloudy Ambers became the traditional standard of beauty and quality in these areas, and entered their cultural vernaculars as the highly valued, precious Prestige and Heirloom commodity it remains to this very day.
  • Free-form nuggets ranging in size from 10mm smallest to 17mm largest center nugget.
  • Knotted on natural silk cord with a gold vermeil hook clasp.
  • The gorgeous "Trade Beads" are Baltic Amber in origin and are in the same configuration as they were found years ago in Kathmandu, Nepal.


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