In 1996, Legacy began a relationship with amber jewelry created by Polish artisans. This relationship has continued to deepen and flourish. Legacy now offers one of the largest collections of amber jewelry for sale in the Twin Cities.
 
  The artists reside mainly in Gdansk, which is a major port on the Baltic Sea. Gdansk, since medieval times has been a major source of amber jewelry. The artists work out of their homes, and have creative latitude in all their designs.

 
Many of the pieces are one of a kind or limited editions, and the designs vary from traditional to contemporary. The stones are fashioned into pendants, earrings, bracelets, brooches, and beaded necklaces. The amber is in a variety of colors, and the settings are sterling silver. Besides the beautiful glowing amber stones and settings, it is valued for its lightness in weight, unlike other stone jewelry.  
 
Jewelry made of amber has been found in northern European tombs dating from 8000 B.C., making it one of the oldest forms of jewelry. Amber is fossilized tree resin of primeval trees that covered Poland 40 to 60 million years ago. It often contains within it mummified insects, tree and plant matter. That is why it is often referred to as a “window to the past.”
 
 
Amber has been treasured for its beauty, scientific nature, and magical qualities. Ancient tribes have believed it was solidified sunshine. Some cultures thought it was the tears of gods. Because of amber’s ability to pick up a static charge, the Greeks called it elektron from which we derive our modern word electricity. The Romans valued amber even as coinage for trading. Countries throughout history have traded with the Baltic region for their precious amber. It has even been found in Tutankhamen’s Egyptian tomb. Phoenicians, Etruscans, and Romans believed it warded off evil spirits. It was burned as incense in the Middle Ages to fumigate and fight plagues.
 
  Amber is still considered by many people to possess healing and positive energy attributes. We now know, through modern science, that a high level of succinic acid is contained in amber. The acid is a powerful anti-oxidant. Succinic acid is commercially produced now and approved by the USDA. Even today in Poland you can purchase amber teething rings and spoons for babies, and aroma therapists use amber smoke for its curative properties.