Stone of the Month: Amber

Unique Colours of natural Baltic Amber

The seasonal shift from summer to fall means different things for different folks across the country. Many people look forward to the glow of ripening pumpkins and squashes, or the stunning palette of fiery reds, oranges, and yellows in the changing leaves overhead. Here in The Knotted Stone’s hometown of Sarasota, there’s a warm glow overhead, too—the steadfast Florida sunshine. It’s true that many Floridians are here by way of parts north, and more than a few of us miss watching the leaves change. We still have an eye for “fall colors,” and that’s why this October, The Knotted Stone chooses amber as our Stone of the Month.

Some Facts about Amber

Baltic Amber necklace with insects inclusions
A mosquito and a fly preserved in this Baltic amber necklace are between 40 and 60 million years old. [Photo Credit: Brocken Inaglory / Wikimedia Commons]

If you know something about paleontology, you know full well that amber starts out nothing like a stone. It’s fossi

lized tree resin. When exposed to high temperatures and a whole lot of pressure, the resin is preserved against decay, first forming an aromatic substance called copal, then hardening into amber. The oldest specimen of amber on record is approximately 320 million years old, and amber been used in jewelry for 13,000 years. Some experts say amber, especially that sourced from the rich amber veins of the Baltic region, was mankind’s first gemstone. Its hue usually ranges from pale yellows to honeyed oranges to ruddy browns, but in rare cases amber appears in red, green, and blue, the latter of which is highly prized among gem hunters.

Michael Crichton wasn’t just letting his imagination run amok when he penned Jurassic Park: Amber has the ability to preserve organic matter that won’t fossilize naturally. Researchers have discovered ancient remnants of spider webs, feathers, hair, and small organisms preserved whole, frozen in time under amber’s golden spell.

Amber’s Special Significance

When rubbed against a fabric such as wool, amber becomes slightly electrified! Ancient Greeks and Romans prized amber for this seemingly magical quality, and incorporated the stone into remedies and amulets against everything from deafness to insanity.

Amber’s ability to take on an electrical charge has made it popular in folk medicine traditions through modernity. By transferring energy around the body, amber is believed to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. It’s an especially popular stone among mothers, who adorn their young children with amber necklaces, bracelets, or anklets to ease discomfort during the teething process.

Those who believe in the resonant power of gemstones recognize soothing, cleansing, and healing properties in amber. It’s reported to ease stress (these days, who doesn’t need a boost there?) and dispel all negative energies surrounding the wearer, promoting emotional balance and a positive outlook on life. Its natural warmth illuminates our more spiritual and creative side, encouraging us to tap into our innate skills and strengths.

Amber jewelry is a wonderful way to add autumn’s glow to your look this season. Shop our collections to find the perfect piece for you.

Sources and Further Reading:Amber” in Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 
Amber” in Wikigempedia.
Amber Stone Clears the Mind and Eases Stress” in Healing Crystals for You.
Teething: Facts and Fiction” by Lisa Markman in Pediatrics in Review.