If you have ever wondered how Baltic amber teething necklaces and amber products are made then this is the BLOG post for you.
Baltic amber is 40 million years old and contains 200 times the level of succinic acid that a normal piece of amber contains. Succinic acid has been used for centuries as a natural pain reliever and is actually the sap of a baltic tree. The sap is the tree's natural defence mechanism and promotes healing and growth of the tree, which is why it's believed to help with our aches and pains. It can be ground into a powder and this powder is mixed with water and either taken orally or mixed with coconut cream and rubbed into the skin. This solution was used by pregnant woman as a natural pain reliever in past centuries. You can still buy baltic amber in powder form today.
Baltic amber is collected from regions near the Baltic sea. It is only recently that the Lithuanian people have been using amber for jewellery and even more recently again that they have used the amber on a necklace to help with babies teething pain naturally. The Baltic region is a large area and it is here that 80% of the worlds amber is located. Amber is often found near the sea around beaches, it is thought to have washed ashore. From here it is shipped to Lithuania. Lithuania is where 85% of the worlds amber producers are located. Lithuania considers baltic amber to be their gold. It's like getting your champagne from the champagne region in France, it's just better.
Amber fisherman scour the coastline looking for Baltic amber.
Once collected the different raw chunks are sent to Lithuania for processing.
Raw Baltic amber pieces are cut with special very sharp scissors to form almost round shape beads. After cutting beads have sharp corners that have to be abraded.To do that, amber beads are placed in a machine, which has a rough surface inside. Beads spin round and round for a few hours together with water. Water helps to smooth the beads corners faster.
Holes are drilled in the very centre of every single bead. A special machine, drills the holes for the thread either side. Each bead is drilled by hand. This is a very time consuming process.
After drilling the beads are polished so that they look shiny and are softer on babies skin. We insert all the beads we have in a machine together with small cubes made from the natural pine tree. Beads and cubes spin round and round for a day or more to naturally shine the amber. No chemicals are used to shine them.
From here we get the finished beads. The beads are sorted into the different colours with the main ones being Cherry, Cognac, Honey and White. The colours are naturally forming much like people have different colours of hair amber forms into different shades over 40 million years. The whiter colours are thought to contain slightly higher levels of succinic acid but this is not enough to have any additional pain relieving properties.
After the beads shine brightly they are beaded together. Each necklace is handmade and each bead is individually knotted so as to ensure maximum safety. Only one bead would ever come off if the string was to break for any reason. Then the necklaces are measured and the safety screw clasp is added. The safety screw clasp is designed to come off and on easily and will break under any pressure for added safety.
The whole process is completely by the hand of skilled Lithuanian craftspeople. It is this dedication to the safety and quality workmanship that ensures a Baltic amber teething necklace from GummyBabies.com.au is of premium quality and genuine Baltic amber. You would not want to go anywhere else. To view our full amber teething necklace range click here