Copenhagen Amber Museum is proud to have this historic amber treasure in our collection – an enormous piece of amber that in 2015 became enlisted as the world’s largest. The amber weighs 47.5 kg (104.72 pounds) and measures 57.5 x 62 x 37 cm. This unique piece dating back to the Tertiary period was found in Indonesia’s Dharmasraya region in West Sumatra in 2014 and is probably 15-25 million years old. Amber from Sumatra is characteristically non-transparent and brownish, but radiates a blue colour tone when exposed to UV light or sunlight.

The record-breaking amber piece was found by miners who were digging tunnels through the landscape. When the miners first found this piece of amber, it weighed more than 80 kg (176 pounds), but after the piece was cleaned of soil and dirt, and loose parts were removed, the polished stone with its current weight emerged. The piece you can see on display in our museum has been tested and verified as pure amber by Österreichische Gemmologische Gesellschaft The piece was enlisted in Guinness World Records as the world’s largest piece of amber in 2015. A year after however a piece of amber weighing 50,4 kg was found in the same region and in 2017 it took over the record.