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Amber

Amber is a fossilised tree resin that is millions of years old. It is valued for its beauty, unique properties, and its historical significance. Amber can vary in color from yellow to orange, brown, green, and even blue.

Some of the major sources of European amber are the Baltic region (including Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Poland). The type of amber and its age can vary depending on the location where it was found. For example, Baltic amber is believed to be the oldest and most valuable, dating back to around 44 million years ago, while Dominican amber is relatively younger, dating back to around 25-40 million years ago.

A kunstkammer, also known as a “cabinet of curiosities,” is a type of collection that was popular in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was a place where rare and exotic objects, such as natural specimens, scientific instruments, and works of art were displayed together.

Amber was often included in kunstkammers as a natural specimen and a work of art. The unique properties of amber, such as its ability to preserve insects and other small organisms, made it a valuable addition to these collections.

It is possible to find amber in a kunstkammer, as it was a popular item in these collections. However, it would depend on the specific collection and the taxonomy of the collection. Besides Kunstkammers, amber is used to embellish and decorate the decorative arts for example the amber room and numerous amber cabinets.

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