Amber is a very popular gem - learn about amber and how it forms and what people do with it

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Amber is hard, translucent, fossilized tree resin produced by extinct coniferous trees from the Tertiary period. It is typically yellow in color but can range from brown to orange or red. As the ancient forests fell, the resin which had accumulated in the trees, trapping insects, spiders and other organic matter such as wood and plant matter, feathers and even hair, began to harden. Over time, this hardened resin was carried by rivers to coastal regions where they were buried by sediments and became part of the ocean floor, or were repositioned elsewhere by other geological events. To become Amber, the fossil resins had to undergo a second hardening period where the molecules linked with each other to form larger molecules, a process which took from several tens of thousands of years to millions of years! 

Amber is highly prized in the metaphysical world for its energetic healing properties and for the soothing energy it carries. Amber is ancient tree resin – not sap - and is produced by the tree as a protection mechanism to draw off disease and injury caused by insects and fungi, heal over broken branches, or to ward off stress produced by rapid growth. This is why Amber is considered to be one of the most effective energetic healing substances! It draws off toxins, pain, and disease while stimulating the immune system and the body’s other natural healing mechanisms.

Amber is ideal for cleansing and reactivating chakras, particularly the Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras. Bringing balance and stability to one’s life, Amber encourages patience and flexibility. Its warm, bright energy promotes cheerfulness, trust, and self confidence. Amber alleviates stress, depression, and anxiety in life while increasing overall vitality and energy levels!

Amber is graded by color, clarity, rarity of inclusions (popularized by Jurassic Park), hardness, color of fluorescence, and sometimes locality. Many ambers fluoresce green or blue under ultraviolet light, giving added appeal and value! Amber is unique in that it has optical features on the surface of the stone, aka fluorescence, and also desirable details on the inside of the stone (inclusions, patterns, etc). Copal is young amber that does not have the same durability. While Amber is hard enough to use in jewelry, Copal is not. All of our Indonesian Amber was hand selected in Indonesia in 2012. All of our Mexican Amber is ethically sourced directly in Chiapas straight from the miners. All of the polishing, beads, and holes drilled in our amber have been done by local artisans in Chiapas.

We have a HUGE selection of Amber at unbeatable prices in our Etsy shop! We have a wide selection of Amber for sale from Amber rough to Amber jewelry, as well as Blue Amber, UV Amber, Multi Colored Amber, Polished Amber and more! If you are looking for Amber for your jewelry making projects or for metaphysical use check out our selection! You can buy with confidence - our Mexican Amber is bought directly from the mine owners, and our Indonesian Amber has been tested in a lab in Tokyo, proving it as genuine Amber and not Copal.

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