Kahraman amber

Amber found in the Arab world is called Kahraman. Arabs would use it to create rosaries, while women would wear impressive necklaces made of Kahraman amber around their necks. As its price is sky-high, Kahraman amber was only to be found in the hands of kings, dignitaries or very wealthy Arabs. Old rosaries or parts of necklaces made of pure Kahraman amber are precious and have survived to our days. They have gained a high degree of respect among collectors, since their uniqueness and rarity is now an accepted fact.

Kahraman amber is of excellent quality, it is however rarely encountered in our days and is hence regarded to be a collector's item. It features certain characteristics that distinguish it from the other kinds of amber. Its colour is deep golden yellow, mostly transparent, while its beads often feature off-white or butterscotch streaks and swirls. Very old Kahraman amber kombolóis have gradually developed a darker, rather brownish surface. Its hardness index is low and this is why the owner of such an antique should treat it with respect and delicacy. A mere touch of some Kahraman amber beads, even with closed eyes, will convince you that this material is extraordinary. It is as if a peculiar flow of electricity or energy permeates the hand of the person that strokes it. Often the beads themselves are electrified so much that they attract each other, as if they feel the urge to keep each other aside just like a company of good friends that hold shoulder-to-shoulder with both arms. The "voice" of these friends, namely these Kahraman amber beads, is so melodic, and appealing just like the sweet, soothing voice of a good singer.

It is argued that Kahraman amber originates in the Baltic Sea and is more specifically royal amber. Arabs sought it since antiquity, in order to import it in their countries and manufacture beautiful objects. Due to the importance and prohibitive price of those objects, their survival was ensured from generation to generation. As amber aged, it oxidised due to air exposure and its colour darkened. Therefore, even though royal Baltic amber might have originally been yellowish or off-white in colour, it has gradually evolved into the superb saffron-coloured Kahraman amber available in our days. This explains why the inner part of a broken Kahraman amber bead is lighter in colour, just like royal amber, whilst its oxidised surface is encrusted with a dark golden patina.


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