What is Amber?

Real amber is technically not a gemstone or mineral, but instead is fossilized sap from prehistoric trees that grew as far back as almost fifty million years ago, primarily in Scandinavia and elsewhere around the Baltic Sea. It is generally accepted that the amber from the Baltic region is the world’s finest.

Baltic amber is a fossilized tree sap. Baltic amber is 30-50 milion years old. Baltic amber is mined in the Baltic sea. The origin of amber is Baltic Sea, Yantarny, near Kaliningrad (Russia), former Prussia (Palmnicken). This small Baltic region holds 90% of all world deposits of high quality amber.

Age of amber

Most of the amber that exists today is between 30 and 90 million years old. Resin that is only semi-fossilized is referred to as copal or sub-fossil amber.

Amber from this source can be found on the East Coast of Britain all the way to the far shores of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Baltic amber deposits range between 35 to 40 million years old and is without the largest source of amber yet discovered.

Amber facts

Intersting facts about amber

  • During the Roman times, higher prices were paid for small amulets in amber than for healthy slaves.
  • In 79 AD, Plinius wrote that the women of northern Italy wore amber beads against thyroid.
  • Martin Luther carried a piece of amber in his pocket as a protection against kidney stones.
  • In ancient China it was customary to burn amber during large festivities. This practice both signified the wealth of the host as well as honoring the guests.
  • According to Mohammed, a true believer’s prayer beads should be made of amber.
  • The father of healing, Hippocrates, declared amber active against a number of diseases including delirium tremens.
  • Over 2500 years ago, Thales of Miletos discovered that when amber was rubbed against cloth, sparks were produced and then the amber attracted husks and small wooden splinters. This force was given the name “electricity” after the Greek word electron which means amber.

Word “amber”

Word “amber” (the name is derived from the old Arabic word “anbar”), but greek “elektron”, that`s the origin of the word electricity. If you rub amber on a cloth it becomes charged with negative electricity.

Amber as symbol

Amber is used to symbolise power, command and authority. It indicates that rewards come through the productive intellect and the harvest of creative faculties. Wearing amber, either as a stone or as a string of beads, brings victory despite competition and opposition. It counteracts the dangers of loss through law.

Amber jewelry

Amber jewelry has been made since before the time of Christ; and at the height of the Roman Empire amber was called “Gold of the North”. For centuries Amber jewelry was worn only by nobility and not affordable to the masses. Because amber was ascribed many healing properties it came to be used medicinally in many cultures. As centuries passed, more and more of the masses could afford to own treasured amber jewelry. Even today it is thought that wearing amber jewelry will instill confidence in the wearer, balance a person’s mood, and lessen depression and anxiety.

Amber hardness

Hardness: 1-3. Burmese amber, or amber from Myanmar, is the hardest at 3 on the hardness scale; Baltic amber is usually in the range of 2-2.5; Dominican amber is the softest at 1-2. Geologically younger amber tends to be softer than amber that has been buried for a long time.

Physical Properties of Amber

A mineral is a naturally occurring homogeneous solid with a definite chemical composition and ordered crystalline structure. It is usually of an inorganic origin. Amber is not a mineral, because it has an organic origin and amorphous structure (no orderly internal arrangement of atoms).

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