Millions of years ago, now-extinct forest and mangrove trees produced resin deposits that with time became what we now know as one of nature’s most glorious gems: amber.
Nowadays, amber is a central element to Flora María's work. With it, wecomplement our most representative pieces. It is the essence of our jewels.
Amber is the world’s only plant-based semi-precious stones. It comes from resin that certain trees generated to protect themselves, while also trapping little pieces of history: air bubbles, drops of water, dust particles and even small living beings; plants and insects, preserved in a ‘time capsule’ capable of holding them for eternity.
Eventually pieces of amber, with all they’d captured, fell to earth, and as time passed they were buried. Across millennia, the original resin took on the hardness, density and melting point characteristic of amber. This plant-based gem has survived longer than the trees that created it, or the ecosystems they composed.
There are only twenty amber deposits worldwide, and one is in Chiapas. Here, geologic activity forced rocks containing amber to form mountains. The first chunks of amber were exposed by erosion, and miners now dig tunnels to locate veins and extract the ‘heart’ of the amber.
Mexican amber has a prestigious international reputation for its hardness and exquisite state of preservation.
Starting in the XV century it was part of the tribute that inhabitants of the eight Soconusco towns had to pay the Mexicas. The Tzeltal language has three different words to denote amber: pauch, the amber stones; pauchil, amber used in nose rings; and hubti, amber used to perforate and adorn the lower lip.
Across the centuries, amber’s many intriguing properties have assured its place as a gem that is always associated with life-force and protection.
Amber is thus highly-charged with cultural identity; a material with which we’re proud to work every day.