Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Amazing Amber - the exhibition

While my parents were visiting this weekend, we went to the Amazing Amber exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland. It's a fascinating exhibition which packs a huge amount into a small space.

On display were examples of all sorts of amber from around the world, some in their natural form and others which had been made into jewellery and other decorative items. Personally I'm not a huge fan of amber jewellery, though I'm intrigued by amber itself.

Most interesting were the pieces of amber with insects and plants embedded in them. Most astonishing to me, was the plant fruiting body that had been preserved at the moment of bursting and releasing its seeds!

If you're in Edinburgh over the summer, it's worth checking out this exhibition!

Amazing Amber is on at the National Museum of Scotland until 8 September

As ever, red text contains hyperlinks that take you to other webpages where you can find out more.


MyMaracas said...

That sounds like something I'd like to see! Thanks for the link. I like the amber cattle charm for purifying water. Wonder if it works?

Tommaso Gervasutti said...

Sky's prodigious slumber,
what's captured by amber.

speedyrabbit said...

sounds lovely

The Weaver of Grass said...

I love amber - and have several pieces of amber jewellery Juliet - I shall let my grand daughter know about this exhibition as she lives in Glasgow and might like to visit.

Caroline Gill said...

Yes, the website looks fascinating ... all those different insects. I am always fascinated by both amber and jet!