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Gold of Lithuania

LithuaniaSouvenirs, biscuits, beer and even hotel names branded “Amber” are omnipresent in Lithuania. This is not surprising, as amber is one of the most recognised symbols of Lithuania and is rightly believed to be its “gold”. Even though the production of amber has been suspended there since the end of the 19th century, its use in Lithuanian art remains very fashionable. Amber is used to make almost everything: jewellery, jewellery boxes, cups, chess figures, pagan god images or simply rocks with insects trapped inside.

The most famous of the numerous amber museums in Lithuania is in Palanga near the Baltic Sea where more than twenty types of amber are on display. The 15 exhibition rooms of the museum host more than 4500 items, including amber stones and objects. The archeological finds and amber pieces with trapped insects or plants on display at this museum are remarkable.

At the museum, one can also trace the process of amber jewellery making, from the processing of raw material to the design of the final piece.

The Palanga museum is the only amber museum in the world to boast such a rich collection. Amber pieces from all over the world are gathered there under the same roof. The museum also plays host to one of the biggest amber stones in the world, the “Amber Sun” (also known as the “Sun Stone”), which weighs over 3.5 kilos.