BALTIC AMBER PROPERTIES
Amber is not strictly a gemstone, but fossilised tree resin.
Chakras - Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Throat Chakra
Zodiac - Leo, Aquarius
Planet - Sun
Element - Fire
Vibration - Number 3
Typical colours - yellow, golden – transparent or translucent
Amber is said to be a powerful healer and cleanser of the body, mind and spirit. It also cleanses the environment. Amber is said to draw disease from the body, healing and renewing the nervous system and balancing the right and left parts of the brain. It is said to absorb pain and negative energy, helping to alleviate stress. Early physicians prescribed amber for headaches, heart problems, arthritis. Amber is believed to clear depression, stimulates the intellect and promotes self-confidence and creative self-expression. It encourages decision-making, spontaneity and brings wisdom, balance and patience.
Amber is believed to open the throat centre, treating goitres and other throat problems. It is also said to treat stomach, spleen, kidneys, bladder, liver and gallbladder. Amber strengthens the mucus membranes and alleviates joint problems.
Where does it come from?
The Baltic region was home to the largest amber deposits, discovered more than 45 million years ago. The Baltic region refers to present-day countries that border the Baltic Sea. These Northern European countries housed the Baltic forest, which is the source of around 80% of the world’s Baltic amber supply.
These Baltic amber fossil deposits wash up on beaches or are mined from various nearby sedimentary deposits. These processes bring forth years of hidden gemstones, making it possible to create Baltic amber jewellery for you today.
Is Baltic amber a mineral?
Is Baltic amber a mineral? A mineral has an inorganic, natural makeup with a definite chemical structure. When we think of minerals, we might think of rocks or other hard and grainy solids found naturally on Earth. Baltic amber occurs organically and does not have the same complex crystal structure that minerals do. Some gems may be minerals, but we cannot categorize all gemstones as such, which is the case with Baltic amber. Geology tells us Baltic amber is not a mineral, and that is no myth.
Amber is diverse in its composition but is a resinous material, which is more or less soluble in chloroform, ether, and alcohol. Amber produces when overlying sediments polymerizes due to high temperature and pressure. This high temperature and pressure initially form copal, which when drive off terpenes with sustained pressure and heat, finally results in the formation of Amber.
The physical properties of amber firstly mention the crystal structure that it has, which is amorphous i.e. it has no sort of systematic and well-organised crystalline structure. On Moh’s scale, its hardness weighs in between 2-2.5.
The amber deposit, which is almost 100,000 years old is considered to be the pure and true form of amber, which is in very high demand, but has low supply due to its rarity.
Amber used to be carried by travellers for protection. It was deemed to give its possessor the courage of the tiger. Others believed amber was a sacred symbol of the sun or signified the presence of the Lord.
Man's interest in amber’s healing properties dates back to the Palaeolithic era
Over time, our interests have proven well founded in that the properties of Baltic amber are very beneficial to humans - let's call it Amber Healing Properties. Plants absorbed the amber resin and plant leaves were often used as an antibiotic to heal cuts and or in plaster to dress wounds.
Amber was the original natural medicine. When mankind began, there were no chemicals or additives or "quick medicinal fixes" as we often see in our society today. And as more people turn to what has worked in the past - and still works wonders today,
In the Middle Ages Baltic Amber Beads were even worn for the treatment of jaundice. It was believed that the magic force of this yellow stone could absorb unhealthy yellowness of the skin and the weakness of the organism. Terms Oleum succini (amber oil), Balsamum succini (amber balsam), Extractum succini (amber extract) were often used in the recipes and records of the alchemists of those times.
Interesting Facts About Baltic Amber
- Baltic Amber was used as a form of currency for a very long time in Baltic region.
- Martin Luther King used to carry a piece of amber in his pocket as a shield against kidney stones.
- In prehistoric China, it was accustomed to burning pieces of amber during big celebrations. This practice signifies the affluence of the guest and the host as well.
- In Islam, it is believed that a true worshipper’s prayer beads must be made of Amber.
- It is possible to liquefy amber pebbles and convert them into bigger chunks. In the course of this procedure, any colour can be added to amber. The amber after this process becomes harder.
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- Enhances patience
- Draws negative energy from the body
- Promotes good luck and success