Be your Highest Self in your every day life.
Sharpen your mind and soften your heart.
Feel happy and open to delightful spontaneity.
Cleanse your body, mind, and energy fields.
Let Amber illuminate your bright spirit!
Mineralogy of Amber
Mineral Family: Organic Gem
Chemical Composition: Hydrocarbon (C, H, O)
Color: typically yellow, but can also be orange, red, or green
Crystal System: None
Luminescense: Blueish-white (long wave) / Yellowish-white (short wave)
Transparency: Transparent to Opaque
Location: Amber is fossilized tree resin that is millions of years old. It is found worldwide, with some of the larger deposits located in Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Indonesia, Germany, Latvia, Madagascar, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden Tanzania, and the United States (notably: Alaska and California).
Formation: Amber is the fossilized resin of coniferous (evergreen) trees. It is created when coniferous trees seep sticky resin which then, over a long period of time, hardens and fossilizes into a gemstone. Anything caught in the resin, including insects, small reptiles, amphibians, as well as plant material, will be preserved inside. Over 1000 ancient species have been found preserved in Amber!
Mining: Amber may be mined in numerous ways depending on the location. It may be naturally cast up by waves and collected on beaches, mined by dredging or diving, or dug in open pits and underground tunnels. Amber is often found in association with coal (which is also the fossilized remains of trees) as well as other plant material.
Enhancements: There is also a great deal of imitation Amber on the market. Some of the ways you can tell if Amber is authentic are as follows:
- Real Amber is a poor heat conductor and so is warmer to the touch than glass and most plastics.
- Real Amber floats in salt water, while glass and plastic will sink to the bottom.
- When rubbed with wool, real Amber will create a static charge that attracts tissue paper; glass and plastic will not create this charge.
- When heated, real Amber smells like pine.
- When scraped, real Amber becomes a powder, while glass and plastic both flake.
Synonyms: Fossilized Tree Resin, Resinite, Ambrite, Copalite, Copal
History of Amber
Amber has one of the oldest and most detailed historical traditions of any healing stone. It is included in virtually every known lapidary, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. At various times, it has been worth more than gold and been fiercely coveted by kings and tsars, popes and empresses. It ranges in color from ivory to ebony, with all the colors in between. The most common shades are, of course, the sunset colors of yellow, orange, and red. However, it may also appear naturally in vivid green and even blue, as well as white and black!
Amber is fossilized tree resin. Resin is the organic material oozed by evergreen trees as a self-healing mechanism. The sap treats injuries to the tree (such as broken limbs) and keeps invading insects and diseases at bay. There are numerous species of trees whose sap has become Amber, some of these tree species are extinct today, while some are still living. Colombian Amber is between 3-16 millions years old
Healing Properties of Amber
Spiritual: Amber is sunshine we can hold in our hands and is used to connect us to all that is Light and Good. It links us to our Highest Self and helps us to see how we can become positive agents of change in our own lives and in the lives of others. It encourages us to be spontaneous and confident, while also being gentle and respectful. Amber is a fantastic manifestation tool, inspiring us to seize hold of our dreams and ambitions and do the work to turn them into reality. Amber brings us good fortune, and both aligns and cleanses our entire energy field. Amber is attuned to the Solar Plexus Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Leo and Aquarius. It is connected to the Element of Earth and vibrates to the number 3.
Emotional: Amber has an exceptionally happy and joyful vibration. Its energy frees us from any negative emotional chains that tie us down, and helps to combat depression, anxiety, and other difficult emotions. Amber reminds us that life is good and that we are a vital part of it! Amber can help us to strengthen and improve all types of relationships, particularly between friends and lovers. It reminds us why we first liked and loved other people, and what it was about ourselves that first attracted them to us. Amber encourages us to bring the best of ourselves to our relationships and to love unconditionally and expansively. It is a peaceful stone, that encourages us to be generous and trusting.
Mental: Amber strengthens our sense of purpose and direction. It encourages us to think big and to work towards real solutions. It stimulates the intellect as well as our creativity. Amber reminds us that when we consciously and wholeheartedly direct our energy and focus on to something, we can do great things. Amber pushes us to move beyond “pragmatic” and “practical” and instead move into “inspirational.” It encourages us to see the world clearly and respond to it for the Highest Good of all.
Physical: Amber is said to help increase general physical vitality and energy levels. It helps the body to heal itself, by inviting in positive energy and good habits, and releasing negative energy and poor habits. Amber reminds us that more often than not, we know what we should be doing, so we just need to do it. Amber is used by metaphysical healers to help stimulate the digestive system and to treat disorders associated with the stomach, spleen liver, kidney, and gallbladder. Amber is also commonly used on teething infants to help alleviate their pain.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Amber
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells to a Wholesale Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, with one middleman involved.
This Amber comes from a small Amber mine in Colombia.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Amber has been only lightly-polished.
The Exporter specializes in Colombian Amber Jewelry and sells at major Gem Shows.
At one show, the exporter’s booth is next to a booth that sells tumbled stones.
As often happens at shows, the exporters sold some of their rough Amber to their ‘neighbor’.
All employees at both companies are paid fairly.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Amber Tumbled Stone
Color: Yellow-orange. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: Less than 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Amber
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