Frequently Asked Questions
These are an example of the colours which are used in our range of necklaces:
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Children and Jewellery
All jewellery has been made using the highest quality materials, however children should always be SUPERVISED whilst wearing jewellery. Extra special care must be taken with children under the age of 3 as all jewellery has small components which can cause a CHOKING HAZARD. We recommend that all jewellery be removed prior to sleeping, and other occasions where the child may be left alone.
Is it OK to wear the necklace 24/7 including when asleep?
We recommend you take the necklace off whenever your child doesn’t have supervision. If you would like your child to sleep with the necklace on you can wrap it around their ankle and place under socks or growsuit.
Will water damage the necklace?
We recommend you avoid extended contact with water. With prolonged exposure the thread may become brittle.
How long will my necklace last?
The necklaces are specifically designed for use with children and are therefore extremely durable. With the right care, one necklace will last and become a treasured heirloom to pass down in the family.
My child wants to chew on the necklace, is this OK?
The necklace is made for wearing, not for chewing. The easiest solution is to tuck it under their clothing and the necklace will quickly assume body temperature and the child will ignore it.
History of Amber
Amber is not a stone and therefore warm to the touch, as well as very comfortable and light to wear. Amber is warm against the skin. In contrast, minerals and glass are heavier and cooler than room temperature. Stones like jade, lapis and turquoise feel cool or even cold to the touch, but amber feels warm. This, along with its obvious sunny colour, is why it is known as “sunshine” to Lithuanians. True amber is light enough to float in salt water, if not weighed down by other substances (like silver), but it won’t float to the top, it floats like soap would in a bathtub. This quality probably helped in its discovery—inhabitants of the Baltic Sea area can still find raw amber washed up on the shore after storms.
Who makes them?
Each necklace is handcrafted in Eastern Europe by experienced craftsmen and are made from ancient Baltic Amber and beautifully designed to follow the centuries old European tradition of children wearing amber.
Are they safe?
As a safety feature there is a knot before and after each bead, so that even in the extremely unlikely event of the string being torn, no beads are lost. amberbebe.com necklaces are secured with a traditional screw clasp, not a sterling silver hook and ring!
What is amber made from?
Amber is fossilised tree resin. The original resin came from ancient pines which grew some 40-50 million years ago. Baltic Amber is fished from the rich deposits around the Baltic Sea in Eastern Europe. Amber is not a stone so therefore warm to the touch, as well as very comfortable and light to wear.
What is the key difference in Baltic amber?
Baltic amber contains succinic acid – which is not found in amber from other continents and has been used in Europe as a natural anitbiotic and general curative for centuries. Succinic acid makes up a large part of natural balitc amber. Succinic Acid is also a natural constituent of plant and animal tissues.
Natural Baltic Amber contains as much as 8 percent succinic acid by weight.
A powerful anti oxidant that helps fight toxic free radicals and disruptions of the cardiac rhythm, succinic acid has been shown to stimulate neural system recovery and bolster the immune system, and helps compensate for energy drain in the body and brain, boosting awareness, concentration and reflexes, and reducing stress.
Even before mankind knew that there were things called acids and antibiotics, the people of Europe recognized that amber had magical curative powers. They used it when we today would use an antibiotic.
Now that modern science has discovered what succinic acid can do, it has confirmed what the people of Europe have known for centuries.
The ancients wore natural Baltic amber necklaces and bracelets, made from amber stones and chips that washed up on the shores of the Baltic Sea, that were thought to have magical curative powers. They surely had no idea that they were high in succinic acid, but they knew they worked magic on their ills.
They used amber in other forms, as well. They made medicines from powder, chips, and stones. They applied amber oils to their bodies to cure ills and slow aging. Amber chips and oils were burned to improve the air in their living quarters and repel flies, mosquitoes and other insects.
Information source – http://www.chamberofcommerce.pl/amber-succinic-acid/
Why buy Amber from amberbebe.com?
amberbebe.com are members of the International Amber Association in Poland which guarantees our amber is genuine Baltic amber. We also offer a lifetime repair guarantee and a 1 year replace guarantee on all our amber necklaces.
How is amber collected?
Even though many methods of amber production have been used throughout history, and those introduced in the last century were very perspective and efficient, collecting of amber pieces from the shore remains the most popular and lasting. Even today amber hunters (about 30 persons) on the shore of the Baltic Sea near Karklė or Melnragė, if the cast of the net is successful, can catch 30-50 kg of amber.
Who can wear them?
They and are ideal for both girls and boys to wear of all ages and our Adult range suits both men and women.
What sizes are the necklaces?
The necklaces are made with rounded smooth beads (not splintered amber beads which are not suitable for children’s necklaces) and the bead size ranges from 2-5mm and measure 33cm in length. The standard adult necklaces are 44cm, however we do have longer ones available on request.
The colours may vary slightly from the photo due to the natural variations in amber and each necklace is a one off.
Can I give one as a gift?
Yes, they are a worthwhile investment as a treasured family heirloom to pass down from generation to generation.
Your Baltic Amber necklace will arrive in a natural linen Amberbebe pouch with a Certificate of Authenticity.
NOTE: Amberbebe is guided by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Act and in keeping with their guidelines, unless a product has been registered and approved (Amber Jewellery has not been registered as a therapeutic good), claims cannot be made about the potential therapeutic benefits of the goods.