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Fossilized resin from ancient forests. In ancient times the resin oozed and dripped and down trees, filling fissures and trapping debris such as seeds, leaves, feathers and insects. The resin was then buried and fossilized through a natural process creating amber.

The two main sources of amber today are the Baltic states and the Dominican Republic. Amber from the Baltic states is older than that from the Dominican Republic, and is more likely to have insects included. Most of the world's amber is in the range of 30-90 million years old. Source: Encyclopedia of gemstones and minerals.

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