Amber is technically not a gemstone or mineral, but a fossilized sap from prehistoric trees that has aged over the course of millions of years. This Columbian amber is approximately 2 million years old. Baltic amber is considered to be the world's finest. Amber is usually thought of as yellow golden in hue, but amber also can be found in shades of milky white, red-orange, green, black and even (very rarely) violet.
Early physicians prescribed amber for headaches, heart problems, arthritis and a variety of other ailments. In ancient times, amber was carried by travelers for protection. To early Christians, amber signified the presence of the Lord.
In the Far East, amber is the symbol of courage; Asian cultures regard amber as the 'soul of the tiger'; Egyptians placed a piece of amber in the casket of a loved one to ensure the body would forever remain whole.
Energy Properties of Amber
- Brings a care free, sunny disposition
- Promotes good luck and success
- Dissolves oppositions
- Helps with stomach, spleen and kidney complaints
- Reduces joint problems
- Alleviates teething pain in babies