15 90% Of Amber Is Extracted Here

90% Of Amber Is Extracted Here

Posted on December 3, 2011 by


The only amber factory in the world is located in Yantarny, the Kaliningrad Region.

Baltic amber is a specific subset of amber that is found only in northern Europe: it accounts for some 80% of the known amber in the world. Between 35 and 50 million years ago, sap oozed out from a forest of conifers (probably either false larch or kauri) in the region now covered by the Baltic Sea, and eventually hardened into clear lumps. Shoved around northern Europe by glaciers and river channels, lumps of genuine Baltic amber can still be found today on the eastern coasts of England and Holland, throughout Poland, Scandinavia and northern Germany and much of western Russia and the Baltic states. About 90% of the world's extractable amber is still located in the Kaliningrad Region of Russia on the Baltic Sea (which was previously Königsberg in Prussia, before World War II).

By the time the Russian army entered Prussia, Germans had stopped extracting amber so they had to restore the pit and build new infrastructure. Thus, in June, 1948, it was put into operation. In 1960, they opened a new pit but due to some projecting mistakes they had to keep on working at the old one even though it was officially closed in 1972.


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A new pit. It opened in 1976.

At first, they dug a 50 to 60 meter deep pit and then began to pan out amber from the botton of the pit. A worker washes off the upper layer of the dead rock with a water-jet which later gets pumped over into the sea.

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15 Responses to “90% Of Amber Is Extracted Here”

  1. alessio says:

    Beautiful.
    Is it also used in electronic devices for cristal oscillators?

  2. JP says:

    kauri ? we still got this tree in New Zealand .Herd it was around alot during the jurassic period

  3. Mr. Fox says:

    Black dot in the amber is insect???

  4. Osip says:

    Do they ever find the amber with the insects inside it?

  5. mukmika says:

    Don’t know much about amber, so this is very interesting. Nice post!

  6. Pedro says:

    Jurassic park anyone?

  7. rjp says:

    “At the factory there is a close check after each employee because there were times when workers did not receive their wages and had to steel things from the factory. Now, they are trying to break this bad habit.”

    At the factory there is a clothing check for each employee because there were times when workers did not receive their wages and had to steal things from the factory. Now, they are trying to break this bad habit.

  8. Salim says:

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    – Imame white beads and imame yellow-white beads .

    • What will be the price for the wholesale per gram and what is the minum quantity .
    • Is it genuine amber 100% , There is guarantee and returnable if is it not genuine .

  9. Michael says:

    Hey guys, if you’re interested in Russian amber, we’ve just launched official online store, approved by Amber Combine. Here’s a link: https://ambery.net

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