Amber – Gemzworld Crystals Encyclopedia
Origin – the place or situation from which something comes, the beginning of something’s existence, the point from which it starts, the thing from which it is ultimately derived.
Amber is derived from fossilised tree resin and can also be found in coal seams, where it is termed as resinite. Therefore not technically a Crystal
The types of Amber vary due to the degree and mix of chemical compounds and, as Amber originates as a soft and sticky resin mass that transforms to copal, it can also contain traces of plant and animal inclusions.
Amber can be found along coasts as it is cast up from the seafloor and dredged or mined from underground galleries. When extracted, nodules of blue earth are removed, and its opaque crust either eroded or removed by sand and water.
Amber is amorphous rather than crystalline and has a very low density, enabling it to float in saltwater. The leading source is in the Samland Coastal area of Prussia, which is known as the Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia. (changed in 1946)
History – the past considered whole, the whole series of past events connected with someone or something, a continuous typically chronological record of importance.
The name is derived from Arabic and referred originally to ambergris. It has sometimes been called Kahroba, which is a Persian term meaning that attracts straw.
Its source shores are the Baltic sea, yet it has been found on Neolithic sites away from source surmised due to trade routes established before the bronze age.
It is widely used in jewellery and more intriguingly for the mouth peace of pipes. The Turks use it in this regard as they say it is incapable of spreading infection when passing the lines from mouth to mouth.
Specification – the act of describing or identifying something precisely, a detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.
Amber is unusual in that the resin can contain exquisitely preserved plant structures, organisms, bugs and crustaceans. Anything that became covered by the resin when before it fossilised. The cavities shown in Amber are said to be where these organisms have disappeared.
Amber appears in various colours that, apart from the famous orange, yellow/brown, can range from white to almost black or, in rare cases, red, blue and green.
It usually appears in a translucent form that can be easily cut and polished for jewellery.
Varieties – A number or range of things of the same general class that are different or distinct in character or quality.
The types of Amber mainly refer to its colour of geographical source. These include:
- Baltic Amber
- Black Amber
- Blue Amber
- Dominican Amber
Esoteric Attributes – a quality or feature as characteristic of or possed by something.
Crystals, by their very nature, can receive and focus energy in different ways. Their molecular structure enables them to be used to amplify and convert energy. Hence, crystals have been used for centuries to aid healing and transmute energy both in the metaphysical and physical world.
Because each crystal family has different formational backgrounds, each also has different vibrational frequencies that can be harnessed and used for specific purposes. Each, therefore, have specific qualities that can be used to help a person heal on the many different levels of their being.
The following is a list of healing attributes associated with Amber.
Mental: Amber strengthens the belief in yourself and assists in positive mental well being.
Emotional: Amber aids cheerfulness and strengthens trust. It enables you to feel more carefree,
Physical: Amber is a healer in many areas, especially the spleen, gall bladder, stomach, joints, liver intestine, glands and mucous membrane. It is an aid against allergies, diabetes and rheumatism and also helps children with teething issues.
Crystal Chart – Amber
Mineralogy: Fossiliferous Resin
Geometric form: Amphorous
Birthstone: Amber is a non-traditional birthstone for November, and it is associated with the Zodiac signs Leo, Aquarius, Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio
Appearance: Resin lustre, unique in its cavities and external organism traces.
Aura: Amber releases and protects from negative energy and aligns the subtle bodies with the physical body.
Colour: Colours range from yellow to orange-brown, yet some Ambers can be red, green, blue and black.
Chakra: Amber is associated with the Sacral and Solar Plexus.
Gemzworld Crystals – References and resources:
Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals, Earthdancer Books, 2009
The Columbia Encyclopedia, Crystal, 6th ed. 2014
World of Earth Science, Quartz, 2003
Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Crystal Healing, 2001
New Oxford American Dictionary