Amber is one of the organic gemstones, being the time-hardened fossilized resin of pine trees. It is formed during the process of polymerization of its original organic compounds. It varies from about 30 to 90 million years old.
Amber Information
Amber is available in a wide array of colors, the most popular ranging from yellow to orange, mimicking the color of honey touched by the setting sun. Other less common colors include red, green, blue, violet and black. Ranging from transparent to opaque, the finest amber is clear with little or no cloudiness.
Largest amber deposits are found in the Baltic Sea region. The level of succinic acid contained in the amber determines its quality. Amber from the Baltic Sea region contains the highest level of succinic acid, and therefore is considered the highest quality amber.
For the Greeks, amber is known as electron, which is also the origin of the word electricity. To modern society, amber is believed to have come from the Arabic word for ambergris. Ambergris, in turn, is a waxy substance found in the intestines of sperm whales.
People have collected, traded, carved, and coveted amber for more than 10,000 years, Yet despite our fascination with it, much about the smoky yellow stone -- the history of amber -- remains a mystery.
Common Uses For Amber
Amber has varied uses and relevance to a number of areas such as:
  • Science: Geologists and paleontologists find use in amber because it presents proof of prehistoric life in the form of fossils, and amber has been proven to be in existence during prehistoric times. Since ancient insects get trapped in amber, botanists and entomologists find use for this special mineral.
  • Art: writers find amber a good source of inspiration for their varied works. Jewelers and gemologists find this mineral a valuable piece of stone for its unique characteristics and beauty. Amber has been used and incorporated into bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants, brooches, cuff-links, rings, and even teething rings for the children.
  • Magic: some believe that amber has magical powers especially the green and red varieties. It can also be used an amulet or charm, which could repel evils. Some claim it can even provide protection against poisons.
Amber Folklore
Amber jewelry is said to help one be happier. The cheery yellow stone is believed to lighten the burdens of life. Healers say that amber activates our altruistic nature and helps us to realize the full power of our spiritual intellect.

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