All about Amber


Gemsations Sterling Silver Amber Pendant
Gemsations Sterling Silver Amber Pendant

What is Amber? Amber is an organic gem that develops from fossilized tree resins, and often contains the remains of insects and creatures that were trapped inside millions of years ago. It has been valued and used as an adornment for thousands of years, longer than most other gems. Modern Amber is often heat treated in a process warms tiny air and liquid pockets inside the gem creating “star spangle” inclusions.

What color is Amber? Amber is usually found in yellows and browns, but can also come in greens, and more rarely blues and violets. The colors vary depending on their origin. For example, Sicilian Amber is usually dark red or orange, while Eastern Europe yields brownish yellow. Burmese Amber is dark and fissured.

Where does Amber come from? Typically, Amber is imported from the Baltic countries, but can be found in many different countries, including the United States.

What are the metaphysical properties of Amber? Amber is warm to touch, and easily attracts static electricity, thus early civilizations believed it was magical. Amber has been used as a healing stone and to protect against evil.

How do I clean and care for Amber? With Amber and other organic stones, it is important to avoid excessive heat and chemicals, such as perfume or hairspray. These can leave a white coating. Amber should be stored so that it does not rub against other gems to avoid chipping. Never use an ultrasonic or steam cleaner which can shatter the stone… Use lukewarm water and a flannel cloth instead.

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