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Amber is one of the world’s oldest gemstones. Though it is not truly a stone. Amber was one of the original materials of long distance trade thanks to its scarcity, uniqueness, and light weight. Amber has been refered to as Baltic gold, owing to its plentifulness in the Scandinavian region. The Vikings developed a rich trade in amber making it one of their principle export goods, trading amber as far away as Byzantium.