Fosilised resin from trees:

Amorphous, resinous, specific gravity = 1.08, refractive1.54-1.55

Chemical match C10H16O, containing some Hydrogen sulfide.

Formed over 30 million years ago and in many cases encapsulating moss, linen or leaves. It has also attracted insects due to its sweet fragrance as sap weaping from ancient trees and even capured small frogs, scorpians and lizards.

Sterling Silver Amber

Historically used in medicine, these days modern copies in plastics, glass and other synthetic resins have tried to make poor copies of this natural gem. It is highly valued today and by digging and burrowing deep into rocks, the raw, rough fossil is hacked away by mallets. When polished it reveals any content that became fossilised along with the sap. Amber is now available in various colours including green, red, orange & yellow and the most expensive being those containing whole frogs or large creatures.

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The belief that Amber can heal by drawing away negative energies and infusing positives has drawn collectors throughout the ages. A suggested link to sun worshipers is due to its natural orange or yellow appearance.

Amber is a powerful healer and cleanser of the body, mind and spirit.  It also cleanses the environment.  Amber is believed to draw disease from the body, healing and renewing the nervous system and balancing the right and left parts of the brain.  It absorbs pain and negative energy, helping to alleviate stress.  Amber clears depression, stimulates the intellect and promotes self-confidence and creative self-expression.  It encourages decision-making, spontaneity and brings wisdom, balance and patience.

Amber worshipers believe it opens the throat centre, treating goiters and other throat problems.  It also perports to treat stomach, spleen, kidneys, bladder, liver and gallbladder.  Romans believed that Amber strengthens the mucus membranes and alleviates joint problems.

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Today's modern techniques using Amber means it is available in a wider range of colours by applying heat to change the colour to a deep red. Roman's have used heating techniques using rapeseed oil or pigs fat to change the colour. By coating the back of stones with a green resin and gently applying heat it is possible to produce vivid and spectacular effects.