Amber is not a mineral, but time-hardened fossilized resin of pine trees which grew in the Baltic region around 45 million years ago. The resin was exuded by the trees as a protective mechanism against disease and insect infestation, it hardened and became preserved in the earth’s crust for millions of years. Natural Amber gemstone can be categorized as an organic gem material of vegetable origin.
It comes in many colours and grades of transparency with the most common being shades of yellow, orange and brown and more unusual and rare in green or with blue, or violet tints.
Amber is easily scratched so must be stored carefully. It loses its lustre when exposed to alcohol, and most perfumes and hair sprays contain alcohol.
The majority of Amber today comes from the Baltic Coast, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Russia and U.S.A.
Amber Gemstone Information – Traditional legends, gemstone folklore and healing properties
Amber has been used in jewellery for over 13,000 years and it has many references throughout history, including Greek and Roman.
Amber is believed to possess magical powers as it is warm to touch, light weight, produces static electricity when rubbed and smells sweet when heated. Wearing amber as an amulet was highly recommended to safeguard the wearer from evil and from negative energy.
Metaphysically, Amber is said to be soothing, calming, cleansing, bring luck, as well as improve eyesight and ease glandular swellings. It is also believed to balance the endocrine and digestive systems.
Amber is not a traditional birth stone but is believed to be good for those born under the zodiac signs of Capricorn, Leo and Virgo.