Interesting Facts about Amber.

Amber word in English is used to refer to either color or gemstone. When Amber is used to refer to the color it means that this color is similar to orange-yellow. Also this word can denote to gemstone, which was formed within time from natural fossil resin. This particular word is thought to be derived from Arabic language.

Insects in AmberSince natural resin that Amber was formed from was sticky it often happened that it trapped various insects, pine needles and etc. As a result Amber stones and jewelry made from this gemstone contain various imperfections, bubbles, plant parts as well as insects that are valued highly by admirers of this natural gemstone. The fact that Amber contains insects from many years ago has helped scientist a lot. They were able to identify more than one thousand different species of insects that are already extinct these days.

The other interesting fact about Amber is that you need about 150 degrees in order to decompose it. At the time of being burned it starts to give off a smell, which is similar to pine trees.

Most of the Amber that originates from Columbia or Madagascar is less than 10 thousand years. Since it is not as old as Baltic Amber many refer to it as Copal, which means that it is significantly younger and softer version of Amber. The oldest Amber originates either from Dominican Republic or Baltic Sea region. It’s age vary between 25-40 million years and it is one of the most valued types of Amber.

The chemical formula of Amber is C10H16O + H2S. From this formula a conclusion can be drawn that this gemstone consists of Hydrogen, Oxygen as well as Carbon.

When Amber is being rubbed against the other item it is able to produce electrical charge. For this reason this natural resin is known to have electrostatic properties. Greeks noticed these Amber features a while ago and the name of Amber in their language even means electron.

While most people associate Amber with yellow-orange color this gemstone can be found in other natural colors too. Some of these colors are Green, Cherry, Honey, Milky and Cognac. While these are the most common colors others tend to distinguish even up to 200 different shades. These colors vary based on the conditions that Amber was formed. The components that are found in this natural resin can also influence the color of Amber. As with any gemstone the price of Amber tends to be more expensive with rare colors.

Amber JewelryFor many years Amber was made into jewelry, amulets, various beads and other type of ornaments. It was highly valued material throughout the years and it was even believed to have healing as well as magical powers. Throughout the Roman times, the price of even a small Amber amulet was sometimes higher than compared with price of a slave.

During large celebrations and festivals it was a customary to burn Amber in China. All this action not only indicated that the host of celebration was wealthy, but it also was a way of showing respect for the guests.

Amber is very popular material for making various rosaries and prayer beads. For instance Mohammed mentioned that a real believer should have prayer beads that would be made from Amber.

Nowadays many people value Amber and jewelry made of it because it tends to be warm against the skin. Most of other glass based beads or minerals doesn’t have this property so jewelry made from them are not as warm to wear around the skin.

Just like with most gemstones, Amber is quite often imitated and man-made. In case you want to test if a particular Amber piece is natural or fake there are many tests that can be done. From all of these test one of the easiest ones to do is Flotation test. To do this test you need to mix water with some salt and add Amber piece into this water. If this piece doesn’t sink it means it is natural Amber and if it sinks it means that it is a possible imitation of Amber. While this test is useful for novices usually more tests are needed in order to make more scientific determination. Due to Amber’s ability to float in salty water it is not too difficult to find raw Amber pieces washed up from the sea after larger storms.

Based on research, Amber contains quite large quantities of Succinic Acid (~3-8%). This acid is known to have analgesic properties and for this reason these features are quite commonly attributed to Amber too. Since the largest amounts of Succinic Acid are found in external layer of this natural resin it thought that it is being released into human body once Amber is worn close to the skin for long time. Due to this Amber Jewelry is quite commonly promoted as being beneficial for health too. Some of the most frequently mentioned benefits of Amber are enhancement of immune system and healing, lessening of pain associated with conditions like Rheumatism & Arthritis. Also this natural gemstone is believed to help overcome anxiety, minimize stress as well as eliminate negative energy from the whole body.

Baltic Amber Healing Properties.

amber-jewelry-healing-propertiesIt can be said that the usage of Amber in folk medicine has a long history. Amber and different extracts made from this natural resin were used in Greece from even the times of Hippocrates to treat many different ailments. Potential health benefits of Amber were also known throughout the middle Ages and it was used for medical purposes up until today. Many artisans throughout the years were also aware about Amber health features (therapeutic and protective properties) so they created different bracelets, necklaces, pendants as well as rings that would contain this natural gemstone. Alternatively Amber was also made in a form of remedy that can be either used topically or ingested.

The most known property of Amber is that it contains large amounts of Succinic Acid. Baltic Amber in particular is known to have the highest quantities of this acid than compared with other types of Amber. By its weight Baltic Amber might contain as much as 8% of this acid. For this reason it tends to be rated the highest when compared with other types of Amber. External layer of this natural resin is where the highest amount of Succinic Acid is found. Due to large quantities of this Acid, Baltic Amber is known to have quite a lot of benefits to the health. Succinic Acid is known to be effective anti-oxidant that can help to minimize cardiac rhythm disruptions and fight free radicals. In addition to that this acid can have a positive impact on neural system and even enhance immune system. Succinic Acid can also provide benefits like better concentration & awareness, reduced stress since it can help to balance energy in the brain and body. The most recent research on this acid proves that it’s effective in enhancing energy, balancing acids in the body and also improving immune system. Succinic Acid is thought to be released from Amber when jewelry from this natural gemstone is worn close to the skin and for a long time. Generated warmth from the skin is what triggers this acid to be released and then to be absorbed into bloodstream. For this reason Amber Necklaces are a very popular remedy for teething babies & children. Hand-made Amber necklaces & bracelets are being used today to provide babies with calming and soothing benefits. Wearing Baltic Amber Jewelry for Adults can also provide a vast range of benefits like enhanced immune system, stimulated thyroid function and reduced inflammation in the body. Some adults also use Amber for clearing the chakras, alleviating stress, filling body with energy and even encouraging healing. For adults who want to use Amber as a natural remedy for some medical condition it is best to choose Amber Jewelry that would be close to problematic area. So for instance if you want to use Amber for stimulation of thyroid function it is best to choose Amber Necklace.

Amber is also known to have electrical properties and for this reason it is quite commonly referred to as Electra. Electrical properties of Amber were noticed by Greeks. They observed that when Amber jewelry was rubbed against cloth it was able to attract small and light objects like hair. Since Amber gemstone is electromagnetically active and it can help to make negative ions, this whole effect might have a positive impact on human body too.

amber-stonesHaving a piece of Amber around or wearing jewelry made of this natural resin is also believed to minimize negative effects of electronic devices like mobile phones, computers, TV’s as well as microwaves. This mainly because European Scientists and other doctors in the 20-th century used Amber on patients who were exposed to radiation. It was believed to strengthen immune system of the body that was exposed to accidents associated with radiation.

Throughout the Middle Ages when Europe was affected diseases like plaque Amber was also quite commonly used for fumigation. As it was mentioned previously Amber contains large quantities of Succinic Acid so when it is being burned it diffuses smoke that is both irritating and aromatic. There were even some records from this time indicating that Amber might have helped to avoid diseases like plague in cities like Liepaja, Klaipeda and Gdansk. People in Eastern Europe even believed that smoke from Amber can strengthen overall human spirit and enhance courage. Up until today Aroma specialist use smoke of Amber to enhance energy of their patients and to cure many other ailments.

Although scientific research on Amber is still quite limited no one can neglect the fact that this natural gemstone is not just a beautiful jewelry. Therapeutic and healing usage of Amber throughout the years is a good prove that this gemstone has healing properties. Also properties of Amber and chemical composition of this gemstone allows to explain why most of these healing benefits might occur.