All about my Amber Teething Necklaces

Many people ask me how I came to make my own range of Teething Jewellery....

In 2005 and early 2006, whilst pregnant with my son Ash, I was using my extra time at home to grow my budding jewellery business. Since childhood I have been fascinated and in love with Amber, so I began to work with it, using it in many of my jewellery designs for women.

At the time I was selling my jewellery exclusively from our local Byron Bay, Bangalow and Lennox Head Markets. I started to receive a lot of interest and requests for custom child necklaces from mothers who had heard of the benefits of Baltic Amber for teething children.

When my own son Ash was born in April 2006, we decided to try the amber necklace on him and we found it to be very effective. He barely grizzled and would cut teeth overnight without a fuss.

At this time Baltic Amber Teething products were difficult to find and expensive, as it was mainly a new concept here in Australia. I decided to do a bit of research and discovered it was widely used in many European countries. I discovered at the same time that most of the teething jewellery imported from overseas appeared flimsy and had many tiny beads, some with fractures. This wasn't something I would ever put on my own child. I have always sought out natural, top quality and safe products for my own son and so I decided to make a superior product so everybody had a choice!

I found a good trustworthy supplier for my amber and set about creating a small range (just five colourways) of strong, safe and comfortable necklaces for children. I chose to use natural silk cord, top quality sterling silver clasps and chose carefully fracture screened larger amber beads.

Over the years, I have added to my range of Teething Jewellery, now offering 27 different colourways in many different lengths as well as a matching range for adults.

I now stock many brick and mortar as well as web based shops all around Australia and my products ship to destinations around the globe on a weekly basis.


What is Baltic Amber?

Baltic amber, also known as Succinite or Succinate, due to it's high levels of Succinic acid is found only in the Baltic region of europe. Baltic amber is between 35 and 90 million years old and the amber beads often contain highly sought after inclusions such as mosquitos, flies, spiders and plant material.
Baltic Amber is the fossil resin of which is thought to be ancient coniferous tree's that grew in the baltic region eons ago.

Through out history Baltic amber has been used in many applications from collage, sculpture and jewellery, to perfumes, balms and traditional preparations. Amber smoke historically was thought to ward of evil spirits and promote longevity.

Baltic Amber is lightweight, warm and comfortable to wear, quickly assuming your own body temperature. It is a beautiful adornment and makes a lovely, thoughtful gift.

*I would like to note that Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces are not Scientifically proven to assist in relieving or lessening the symptoms of teething or inflammatory disorders. Read our Disclaimer here.

I am Heidi, the creative force behind Selkiedesigns...

border I am Heidi, the creative force behind Selkiedesigns...

I want women to accept, embrace and be proud of their own individuality, rather than trying to live up to a fashion-industry driven archetype.

I believe that, like the Selkie, true beauty is happiness within and it's so important to feel comfortable in your own skin.

I want women to celebrate who they are!

I am an artist of many mediums and have been designing and handcrafting jewellery for over 10 years.

My designs are inspired by my love of Nature and the colours and forms found therein.

My hopes are, that by providing women with beautiful and unique alternative jewellery designs, it will help to encourage them to accept and celebrate their own unique beauty.

This earth and all it's inhabitants are dear to me! I believe if everyone cares and chips in just a little bit, together we can make a big difference. I choose to support the following organisations:

1) MSF-Medicine San Frontieres (Doctors without borders) for the urgent medical assistance of people in need. See for more information on the great work of Doctors without Borders.

2) Sea Shepherd for the protection of Whales, Dolphins, Sharks and other endangered marine creatures. See for more information on the brave and tireless work of Sea Shepherd and its crew.

I am a dedicated environmentalist and I attempt to run my business in an ecologically sustainable way. I offset my business’ carbon usage by purchasing 100% green-energy for my home and workplace.

I choose to use recycled paper for my printing, and I use recycled and/or re-used packaging wherever possible.