50 Shades of Baltic Amber: Butterscotch Amber

by Sally-Ann Dunn September 09, 2016 2 min read

50 Shades of Baltic Amber: Butterscotch Amber

Not everyone knows the spectrum of dazzling colours that Baltic Amber has to offer. In fact, there are 250 different shades of natural Amber - from the most common cognac hues to bony whites, Amber is a truly versatile, semi-precious stone. Yet in-fact, did you know that Amber is not actually a stone at all? Learn more about the Properties of Baltic Amber in our Jewellery Encyclopaedia. 

Through the years we've come to learn more and more about this intriguing "stone". One of the things that first surprised us was the huge variation of colours that exist and in fact, no other kind ofAmber possesses the diversity of colours equal to that of our favourite Baltic kind. Of those darling hues, is Butterscotch Amber. Whether it is because of its rarity, uniqueness or rebellious nature at the raw amber market, natural Butterscotch Amber reaches considerably higher prices than other shades. 

So what is this unique Marbled Yellow Amber stone?


Butterscotch amber is characterised by its milky white to creamy yellow shade. It is often also referred to as Royal Amber, Antique Amber, Yolk Amber and even more simply, White Amber or Yellow Amber. But how is it that this white Amber resin is so different from its more common orange Amber cousin.

Following much technical research, it has come to light that the opaque nature of Butterscotch Amber is caused by tiny bubbles trapped within the resin, originating from the trees on which it once lay. As seen under an electron microscope, Butterscotch amber consists of clear resin with millions of dispersed bubbles. It is the reflections of light that cause the stone to appear a milky colour. Take margarine for example, made up of an emulsion of oil and water - both clear, and yet come together to appear yellow.

Butterscotch Amber is a completely natural form of Baltic Amber. It is simply of a rarer kind than it's renown Cognac twin, as a happy result of nature's cunning beauty. The exact shade of Butterscotch Amber, like a fine wine, is known to develop and change with time. As decades pass, milky amber will turn into light antique and later to a more yellow golden hue. Therefore its colour can offer valuable insight into its history, age and origins.  

Would you like to learn more about the different Colours of Amber? Get in touch and let us know. 

Feeling inspired? Shop our selection of modern Yellow Amber Jewellery in our brand new Solstice Collection.  

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Sally-Ann Dunn
Sally-Ann Dunn

Passionate writer, ring addict and the creative eye behind the Baltic Beauty Blog.


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