We took a trip out of Gdańsk to see the sea yesterday
While there, we went on the hunt to see if we could find any Baltic Amber washed ashore! People say the best time is right after a storm, but I won’t complain about the sunny skies and rare burst of warm autumn weather!
Sunny day at a Baltic beach
The water looks warm- don’t let that fool you! Brrrrr!
While hunting about, we found sea glass (too much sea glass to carry home- while it’s a sought-after treasure on the beaches of Plymouth, it turns out people here see the ocean glass as undesirable trash ), some pretty sea shells, and…
Treasures found on the beach
…Or, well, what we think is Amber
Neither of us have hunted for Amber before so we weren’t really sure what to look for haha
But we followed some guides online and went by feel- I grew up by the sea and I’ve never seen the strange texture and weird feel of these rocks. They’re strangely lightweight and have parts that are somewhat transparent when held up to the light.
Doing the see-through light test on a piece of what may be Amber
Amber comes in many different types, grades, and colors. It also looks quite different when polished up versus when it’s found in nature.
Here’s a sample of some different appearances of polished Amber:
Pic from Pinterest
Overall, the most valuable amber is extremely transparent with fossilized bugs or creatures in it.
Needless to say we certainly didn’t find anything that would make us rich There are a few lighter pieces, but most of them are murky caramel.
We’re off to the Amber Museum of Gdańsk tomorrow to learn more about it (and perhaps some ways to test what we found at the beach), but if you have any experience with Amber- please feel free to share! I’d love to hear your thoughts
Amber is a sought-after treasure not only for its beauty as an accessory but also for its medicinal and magickal properties. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of Baltic Amber in magick, check out the following thread: Baltic Amber Info
And for more information about the “City of Amber” and a recipe for an Amber concoction, feel free to visit the post: Gold from the Sea: Amber Elixir.
Sending love and light from the seaside!