A ring with an old orange amber in silver setting
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Why with an old amber? Yes, all amber is old as it is 50 million years of age. But we say old, because it was polished long ago and sun and oxygen made its color such a bright orange. This particular color makes amber very valuable.
Nature has blessed amber with the most incredible color variety. There are estimated to be 7 main colors with approximately 250 different shades, from bright yellows to radiant reds and gorgeous blues and whites. Sometimes it is hard to believe that these amber pieces are real and created by mother nature.
Transparent honey amber
Transparent honey-yellow is the most significant color when talking about amber. It is also the purest. During the fossilization process, tree resin didn't have any contact with other outside components. which could affect its purity and transparency. Nowadays, we mostly find only tiny pieces of transparent amber. Bigger pieces of pure amber are extremely rare.
The color of each piece is affected by the resin it comes into contact with.
Only 1-2 percent of all mined amber is white amber. Sometimes people call it “royal amber.” It has the biggest diversity of all other types of amber. Often, it has blue, green, black or honey colors accents.
Green amber is fully translucent. Often, it comes with natural inclusions and insects. Green amber is formed by resin dripping on the leaves. During the fossilization process, green leaves that became trapped in the resin gave amber this amazing color. It can be darker or lighter, but most often, the color is similar to olive oil.
Black amber is one type of amber which contains the most inclusions. Black amber’s naturally “rough” look mostly comes from debris, plants, and soil. The color can vary from gray to black, usually, it’s opaque.
The rarest and most valuable amber is the Baltic blue amber. This type formed when amber pieces were washed up by the river and mixed with soil saturated by pyrites. Nowadays there is less and less blue amber, but we still find some fragments of blue and white amber.
Oxidation and the heat of the sun can change when amber is left out for a while and exposed to oxygen for a long time. It can last from 50 to 70 years until we are able to see any visible changes in an amber piece. That`s why it is sometimes called matured amber or vintage amber. Pure honey-yellow amber becomes “mature” red and other colors become more concentrated.
A wide spectrum of colors is one of the most charming and captivating aspects of baltic amber.
HEALING POWER OF AMBER
In lithotherapy, reiki, Chinese medicine and many other alternative medicines, Amber is known to have powerful therapeutic qualities. It acts effectively if worn often and over long periods of time. When treating babies and children with amber, it is recommended that the piece would be worn by the mother. Amber contains succinic acid, a natural analgesic, and healing agent. Throughout centuries, baltic amber has been used to treat teething pain, arthritis, depression, anxiety, hypothyroidism and regulate the balance of acids.
The classical names for amber, Latin electrum and Ancient Greek ἤλεκτρον (ēlektron), are connected to a term ἠλέκτωρ (ēlektōr) meaning "beaming Sun". Great antique civilizations such as Egyptians, Romans, Greeks or Phenicians were believing that amber was a liquid produced by the rays of the sun and of divine nature. Nowadays, many modern religions and spiritual movement such as Wicca use amber gemstones for protection and its calming energy.