Amber - (Jewelry) Glossary of Antique Terms

Amber - (Jewelry) Amber is an amorphous resin. It is actually fossilized tree resin or sap that flowed down an ancient coniferous tree trunk in an ancient forest. The tree sap was sticky, and it caught organic materials: drops of water, bits of moss, dirt, bark, seeds and insects. As it grew older, it hardened into a sort of Mother-Nature-made plastic, a resin, and mellowed into a golden, light brown-orange color known as Amber. The more clear the resin, the more perfect the color, the more full of organic materials the amber is, the more it is worth. The Mediterranean countries started to trade in Amber for jewelry making as far back as 2500 BC. Amber has long been worn and carried by men, as a talisman against sexual impotence.


TheAntiqueTrade said...

Amber is organic gem (or, technically, resinite) is fossilized tree resin (not sap), which has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Good quality amber is used for the manufacture of ornamental objects and jewelry. There are five classes of amber, defined on the basis of their chemical constituents. Because it originates as a soft, sticky tree resin, amber sometimes includes animal and plant material as inclusions. Amber occurs in a range of different colors. As well as the usual yellow-orange-brown that is associated with the color "amber", amber itself can range from a whitish color through a pale lemon yellow, to brown and almost black. Other more uncommon colors include red amber (sometimes known as "cherry amber"), green amber, and even blue amber, which is rare and highly sought after. Much of the most highly-prized amber is transparent, in contrast to the very common cloudy amber and opaque amber. Opaque amber contains numerous minute bubbles. This kind of amber is known as "bony amber".
Although all Dominican amber is fluorescent, the rarest Dominican amber is blue amber. It turns blue in natural sunlight and any other partially or wholly ultraviolet light source. In long-wave UV light it has a very strong reflection, almost white. Only about 100 kg is found per year, which makes it valuable and expensive

AMBER - brings romantic love, purification, wisdom, energy and balance. It enhances patience, altruism, strength, calmness, healing, remembrance of past lives and ancient knowledge. This gentle stone draws out negative energy from the body and purifies the spirit and heart as well. Amber also helps us discover ancient wisdom and knowledge. Calming stone, stress reliever. Mental clarity, mood balancer, joy, humor, confidence. Detoxification and protection from radiation.

Amber - Metaphysical / Healing Properties of amber are associated with the solar plexus or yellow chakra. Amber has long been believed to be a stone of healing, used to alleviate problems of the stomach and liver. It has been used as a talisman for courage and self confidence. Amber is great at lifting the heaviness of burdens - allowing happiness to come through.

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