The amber stone is not a stone actually – a misconception by most people. What is usually referred to as gemstone that has a warm glow about it is really a fossilized resin. It was discovered in ancient evergreen trees that are estimated to be about 320 million years old. There are amber stones much younger at approximately 100,000 years old.
Amber has been used in many different cultures since ancient times. From Ancient Greece to China and into Northern Europe. This stone that offers warmth and power is said to have many different properties.
You must first understand that fossilized tree resin is not the same as tree sap. Amber has five classes which are determined by the chemical constituents they hold. The beauty and color that amber has offered since Neolithic times is very valuable still today as a gemstone. That gemstone is found in many decorative objects, a perfume ingredient and has been used in folk medicine as a healing agent. Let us not forget that it is also in beautiful jewelry.
Amber By Any Other Name
Amber begins as a soft and sticky tree resin and occasionally contains animal and plant material. When found in coal seams, is referred to as resinite. In New Zealand where this is common, it called ‘ambrite’.
This tone comes in a variety of popular warm such as orange, sunny browns, and a variety of yellows. It is the array of colors that the amber stone is often referenced as the stone of the sun. But it is found in other colors such as blue, green, and red, thus making a beautiful stone that is found in jewelry.
Where Is Amber Stones Found?
High-quality amber stones are found mainly in Northern Europe’s Baltic countries. It is also found in the Dominican Republic in a blue amber. Other areas where amber is plentiful is Britain, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Russia.
Amber’s Specific Properties
Just as all popular gemstones, The amber stone has a history of different users in different cultures. It is believed that there is an accumulated wisdom in amber from the earth and nature’s kingdom. It is common to find small insects that became trapped in the tree resin that becomes amber. It is that which many consider properties of magic.
In Asian culture, amber was thought to be the “soul of the tiger” and regarded to be the stone of courage. Many would carry amber pieces with them for protection as they traveled. There are many other beliefs in the amber stone such as:
- It treats jaundice
- Provide emotional balance
- Brings good luck
- Relieves fears
- Eases a headache
- Provide clarity of the mind
- Removes negative energy
- Provides patients and wisdom
The zodiac sign of Cancer is paired with amber as its birthstone. It is said to reflect the sunniest and warmest month of the year’s energy. Many believe that the amber stone provides a personal energy to those who carry it with them or wear it as jewelry.