Komboloi made of Baltic Amber cut by hand

Amber is a natural material. It is the fossil resin (retsini) of coniferous trees and, especially, of the species Pinites Susinifer (Gepert, 1860). This tree existed in the area of the Baltic Sea, in between the Eocenus and Oligocenus years of the Paleozoic Era (ca 28-54 million years) and is extinct now. The resin entered the ground where it needed millions of years to be fossilized and become stone (amberification).

Nowadays word "kehribari" comes from the arabian name "kahraba". It was known during the Paleolithic and Neolithic Age, since there are foundings discovered and dated. Thalis of Militos in the 7th century B.C is the first one who mentions amber’s quality of producing static electrism, thus taking the name “electron”. During the antiquity years, the merchandise of amber was spread almost throughout the world. Its most memorably famous use was the renowned "Amber Room" created by Frederic I of Prussia in 1701. It was built by big sheet surfaces with very carefully formed amber pieces so that a mosaic was created. In 1717 it was donated to the tsar Peter the Great of Russia and was placed in the old winter palace of St Petersburgh. In 1755 it was moved to the palace Ekaterininsky in Tsarskoye Selo. After the German invasion in Russia in 1941, the pieces were transferred to the castle of Koeningsberg, where their traces are lost for ever.

The amber is a thick and sticky material and it is because of this quality that the entrapment of insects, leaves, stones and even air bubbles are due to. Its colours vary from white (ivory) to almost black. Its most popular shades are yellow and orange. It is a quite light material (slightly heavier than water), it is easily encurved and it is soft (almost having the hardness of our nails), 2-3 grades of the Mohs scale.

The processing of amber can be done in two ways: the one is to give it the shape we want from the original material, as we find it in nature (hand processing). The other happens with the gathering of amber pieces (small or big) and their exposure to an environment of high pressure and temperature. The pieces are united into one and they create a solid material (the Abroid method).

Nowadays, the tree which could give us the "retsini", which –in its turn- could become amber in millions of years (amberification) is the Kori Pine or Australis Agathis prospering in New Zealand and also the Himenaea Pine prospering in East Africa and South and Central America. We need to stress that the term "kechribari" (amber or resin) today is only referred to talk about the fossil resin which lies underground the Baltic Sea ground. We should not misunderstand and use it for any other fossils existing throughout the world (eg St Domenicus, Yemen, Somalia, Malta etc.)


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KX1komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - black. 11-11 mm306
KX2Komboloi made of genuine amber fron Baltic sea- cut by hand - black. 14-14 mm558
KX3Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - black. 13-16 mm702
KX4Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Golden brown. 10-7 mm234
KX5Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Golden brown. 10-14 mm522
KX6Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Golden brown. 9-12 mm324
KX8Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Golden brown. 12-17 mm756
KX9Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - dark honey. 12-8 mm270
KX10Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Transparent yellow. 13-7 mm286
KX11Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea - cut by hand 13-10 mm425
KX12Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Orange. 9-12 mm270
KX13Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Orange. 13,5x11 - 17x13 mm585
KX14Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Orange. 10-11 mm360
KX15Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Orange. 14-15 mm576
KX16Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Orange. 11-15 mm888
KX17Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea - cut by hand - Orange. 14-16 mm1104
KX18Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea-cut by hand - Golden brown. 13- 8 mm308
KX19Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Golden brown. 15-22 mm666
KX20Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Golden brown. 19-21x13x15-17mm864
KX21Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Golden brown. 14-21 mm792
KX22Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Golden brown. 17-15 mm972
KX23Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Orange. 16-8 mm342
KX24Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Royal kind. 13-10 mm672
KX25Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Royal kind. 11-14 mm460
KX26Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Royal kind. 11-14 mm672
KX27Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Royal kind. 11-11 mm450
KX28Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand . 14-10 mm558
KX29Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand - Royal kind. 15-17 mm1008
KX30Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea- cut by hand 15-15 mm1378
KX31Komboloi made of genuine amber from Baltic sea-cut by hand - Royal kind. 16-18 mm1134

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