The golden-yellow amber consists of tree resin that has hardened over thousands of years and can be found in Europe primarily on the beaches of the Baltic Sea. The organic gemstone achieved great fame due to its interesting inclusions. As with the well-known Hollywood blockbuster Jurassic Park, insects and parts of plants can be found preserved in the amber. The coveted stone is formed when fresh, viscous resin oozes from a tree's wound and is surrounded by dust and debris. Over time, the heat and pressure will harden the resin until it becomes a stone. However, it retains its low weight so that it floats on salt water. As a cabochon or in the form of a drop, the amber is still used today for jewelry.
Amber: Traditional use and meaning
There are ambers with an age of up to 310 million years, so it is not surprising that the organic gemstone has been used for the production of jewelry and art since primeval times. Crushed in honey, the amber has traditionally been used for respiratory diseases. The comparatively soft stone was also popular as a protective stone against evil: seafarers had the hardened resin burned on the ship to protect themselves against sea monsters. To this day, amber is used in crystal healing as a protective stone against fears. It is also said to calm stressed nerves, release energetic blockages and give joy and strength. When using it, it should be borne in mind that it can be attacked by chemicals and scratched, and amber is flammable.
Protection stone against evil
Ambers: color and transparency
The amber is coveted because of its golden-yellow, warm color. The shade of yellow can range into red and brown, but can also appear in a very light nuance. Even a blue-green is possible, but is only found on the island of Hispaniola due to fluorescent molecules in the gemstone. Ambers are transparent but can also appear milky.
Amber: Purifying, charging and discharging
The amber is gently cleaned with a damp cotton cloth and then carefully dried. The stone does not tolerate water permanently and should always be kept dry if possible. Charging is possible through the morning sun or mountain crystals.