by Darius B
Baltic amber is called Burn Stone

Amber Burn

In Germanic languages Baltic amber is called "Burn-Stone" (German: "Bernstein", Dutch: "Barnsteen"). Heated amber softens, melts and can even burn. Strong heating decomposes amber into a yellowish oil, then into a dark brown residue, the basic component of amber varnish. In ancient times amber was used as candles substitute because it burns very slowly.


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