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Polish Consortium Offers Amber Waves of Gems Eight of the world’s largest Baltic amber manufacturers have joined forces to promote the organic gem in the United States. The consortium of Polish companies, called Amber8, offers the retail jeweler a wide variety of authentic Baltic amber and amber jewelry from which to choose. The amber takes its name from its source, the Baltic Sea, which divides Sweden to the north from Poland and the Baltic states to the south. Baltic amber can be found afloat; it also washes up on the beaches of islands off the Polish coast. It’s commonly found near Gdansk Bay, in layers 25 meters beneath the water’s surface. The amber-rich layer extends northeast into Lithuania and Latvia. Scientists refer to Baltic amber as succinite because it contains high levels of succinic acid, a product of the ancient pine from which it originated. The term “amber
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