While often considered a gemstone, the glowing, warm amber is not a stone, but a fossilized resin from ancient evergreen trees. The oldest amber discovered on Earth is about 320 million years old. Imagine the incredibly powerful energy this amber contains!
Young amber stones are less than 100,000 years old; the most valued pieces of amber are much older than that. (It takes a long time for the tree resin to become true amber). Isn't it mind-boggling to know that the amber jewelry you just bought contains such old, wise energy?
Because amber has been used since ancient times in a variety of cultures -- from Greece to China to Northern Europe -- there are many properties attributed to this warm and powerful stone.
What Is So Special About Amber?
The most obvious quality of amber is its old, (very old!) energy. With it comes the accumulated wisdom of the earth and its natural kingdom. You can often see little insects trapped in the amber while it started as a tree resin; this gives the amber stone quite powerful magical properties.
However, did you know that there are also amber stones that are found in blue, red and green colors? While many of the amber stones used in jewelry are color treated, you can still find many stunning pieces of jewelry with natural amber in vibrant colors.
Warm, healing, wise, protective, cheerful -- these are just some of the properties attributed to the old and beautiful amber stone.
Where Does Amber Come From?
The main supply of high-quality amber comes from the Baltic countries in Northern Europe (there is a famous amber museum in Palanga, Lithuania, that I missed when I was there). The Dominican Republic is also a good source of amber gemstone, especially the rare and highly prized blue amber.
Amber is also found in Britain, Poland, Russia, Italy, and Germany.
What Are the Specific Properties of Amber?
As with any popular gemstone that has a long history of use in various cultures, amber has accumulated its share of mystical properties. Amber was considered the "soul of the tiger" in Asian cultures and regarded as the stone of courage. Pieces of amber were carried for protection during long travels, as well as used to treat jaundice.
It is also believed that amber:
- Balances emotions
- Attracts good luck
- Eliminates fears
- Relieves a headache
- Clears the mind
- Dissolves negative energy
- Helps develop patience and wisdom
Amber is considered the birthstone of the astrological sign of Cancer as it sure reflects the energy of the warmest and sunniest month of the year (in the Northern hemisphere, of course!)
If you feel attracted to the warm and wise energy of amber, explore the variety of amber jewelry and see if it makes a difference to your personal energy. As always, it is best to buy the highest quality you can afford and be sure to choose the natural, untreated amber versus synthetic amber.
Some of the best ways to benefit from the energy of amber are to wear it as jewelry or to have it as a small carving in your home decor.