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The significance of amber in Russia

Cultural characteristics

In ancient Rus, amber was highly valued as it was believed to possess healing properties. It was used for both medicinal purposes and the creation of jewelry and interior objects.


In modern Russia, amber remains popular in the jewelry industry, as well as in the production of interior items and souvenirs.


The largest deposits of amber are located in the Kaliningrad region, along the coast of the Baltic Sea. This region is home to not only factories and workshops but also museums dedicated to this precious gemstone.


St. Petersburg, Peterhof, Amber Room

The Amber Room is one of the greatest works of amber art. It was created in the 18th century in the Baroque Palace in Peterhof as a gift to the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm I. Its uniqueness lay in the fact that each panel of amber was masterfully carved and decorated, creating an impressive “golden room” effect. Natural amber of various shades was used, from bright yellow to honey-colored.


During World War II, the Amber Room was stolen and disappeared. After the war it could not be restored, and the original is considered lost. But in 2003, the “Restored Amber Room” was unveiled at the Pushkin Palace near St. Petersburg, based on historical photographs and documents. In restoring it, the restorers sought to recreate the appearance and atmosphere of the original room, taking into account the limitations and peculiarities of modern materials and technologies.

Kaliningrad, Amber Museum


A unique cultural and historical site dedicated to amber and its history. It allows you to immerse yourself in the world of this special stone and its significance to the region.

The Amber Museum houses one of the most significant and extensive collections of amber products in the world. The exhibition features a variety of exhibits, including jewelry, art, amulets, as well as archaeological finds from ancient times. One of the significant exhibits of the museum is the reconstruction of the Amber Room, a symbol of the Russian Empire. This recreation helps visitors imagine what the original room looked like.

Legends, Myths, and Stories about Amber

from Russia



“Alatyr” is an ancient Russian and Slavic word that means “the healing stone.” In Slavic mythology, it is a sacred stone believed to possess healing properties and bring good luck. During the time of the Kievan Rus’, amber was referred to as Alatyr. It is often mentioned in ancient spells, fairy tales, and folk songs. According to one legend, Alatyr was created by the god Svarog and given to humans for protection against misfortune and illness.


The Slavs kept the stone in temples and regarded it as one of the most sacred objects. It was also seen as a symbol of knowledge and wisdom, representing the belief that they are necessary for achieving harmony and happiness in life.

“Alatyr – the stone that fell from the sky. A symbol of great wisdom, knowledge, and power. The one who possesses Alatyr possesses all knowledge and can conquer the world.” – from an ancient Russian legend.

The crown of the pharaoh

The crown of the pharaoh

In the Baltic region, even in Neolithic times, amber was used to create rings, buttons, and many other useful items. Interestingly, the crown of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, dating back nearly 3,500 years, is adorned with amber among other precious materials. Scholars believe that the amber was imported from the shores of the Baltic Sea. Even in those times, a full-fledged trade in this extraordinary stone was established in the Mediterranean region.

“Amber is not only a beautiful gemstone, but also a valuable artifact that can assist scientists in studying the history of life on Earth.” – Andrey Martynov, geologist.

Symbol of Light and Warmth

Symbol of Light and Warmth

The myths and legends reflect the importance of amber in the culture of ancient Rus and its significance as a symbol of spirituality, magic, and protection. For example, there is a myth that amber was created from the sunlight. When the Sun rose above the sea, its rays penetrated the water and transformed into amber. According to this myth, amber is believed to be a symbol of light and warmth.

“Amber not only looks beautiful, but also radiates warmth and light.” – Vasily Klyuchevsky

The Legend of the Amber Castle

The Legend of the Amber Castle

According to legend, Königsberg was built on the site where a gigantic amber stone was found on the seashore. The locals considered it sacred. However, over time, the stone was lost and its location forgotten. During the construction of Königsberg Castle, the craftsmen accidentally stumbled upon this enormous piece of amber, and it was used to adorn the castle. Since then, amber became a symbol of Königsberg and its castle, attracting numerous tourists from all over the world. However, during World War II, Königsberg was destroyed, and the Amber Castle was lost.

“Amber is a stone that can capture even the smallest details of history.” – Mikhail Sholokhov

The Legend of the Amber Room

The Legend of the Amber Room

The Amber Room – a famous artistic masterpiece created in Prussia and considered one of the greatest attractions of Europe. According to legend, in the 18th century, the Amber Room was created in the Königsberg Palace. It was adorned with six tons of amber and was considered a masterpiece of art. In 1941, the room was stolen by German troops and disappeared without a trace. Many attempts have been made in subsequent years to find and reconstruct the Amber Room, but without success.

“Amber is a beautiful material for creating jewelry and works of art.” – Konstantin Somov

Amber Acid

Amber Acid

The main beneficial substance found in amber resin is amber acid. In Kaliningrad, there is the Königsberg State Amber Manufactory where amber acid is produced as a dietary supplement, which is a source of antioxidants and helps combat stress and aging processes.


In ancient Rus, amber was used for medicinal purposes, and it was believed to improve blood circulation and overall health.

“Amber is a unique material that can be used in medicine, as it contains numerous beneficial substances and trace elements.” – Leonid Sukhanov, biochemist

The center of the global amber industry

The center of the global amber industry

The Kaliningrad Oblast is rightfully considered the center of the global amber industry. It is here that the history of the amber industry began to unfold. As early as 1410, the Teutonic Order knights established an official authority to control the extraction of amber. They recognized its value and decided that such a precious resource should not be traded by just anyone. Exclusive rights to trade in this commodity had to be obtained from the state.

“Amber is a historically valuable material that carries a lot of information about the nature and environment of the past.” – Andrey Zhuravlev, paleontologist

Amber in Russia

On the eastern and southern coasts of the Baltic Sea, amber processing has been a popular folk craft for thousands of years. As the history of the Kaliningrad region is extraordinary and unique, in some works of our Manufactory, the innovative idea intertwines closely with the traditions of Prussian masters. This stone has a long history and is considered an important element in many cultural traditions and beliefs. Scientists study amber to gain new knowledge about nature, medicine, and other fields of science.