Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
Neither a true crystal or a mineral, Amber is an organic gem (others include pearl, coral, and petrified wood) deriving from the fossilized resin of now-extinct evergreen trees over millions of years.
The oldest Amber on earth is estimated to be 320 million years of age!
Amber typically is found in shades of yellow to orange-brown, although white, green, blue, and black specimens appear. Remains of insects or plant matter suspended within Amber’s structure are seen by metaphysical healers as indicators of the gem’s healing power.
The best-known Amber comes from the coast of the Baltic Sea. Other locations where it’s found are the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Burma, and Indonesia.
Prized for its ability to draw pain from the physical body, Amber is said to transform negative energy into positive energy. It cleanses the environment, benefitting convalescence, easing depression, and soothing grief. Amber reduces stress and boosts confidence. It’s thought to help with organs of elimination (liver, kidneys, etc.), as well as the throat, colds, dental pain, and other issues.
Amber is a natural birthstone for those born in midsummer (July 22-Aug. 21) and a zodiac sign for Taurus (April 20-May 20).
According to legend, Amber was created by tears of seabirds or goddesses. Ancient peoples saw it as droplets of the setting sun; in the Far East, it was believed to be a metamorphosis of the souls of tigers. Native Americans said Amber represented the east wind of grandfather sun. Roman author Pliny wrote that Amber necklaces were hung around children’s necks to protect them from witchcraft and ease teething pain.
Amber is said to heal the Solar Plexus Chakra (controlling the immune and digestive systems) as well as the Sacral Chakra (the body’s life force center regulating intuition).
Feng Shui experts classify Amber as Water energy (quiet strength and purification) and recommend placing it in the north area of a home or room.
Besides its use in jewelry, Amber has seen a growing popularity recently as a teething pain reliever for babies (though experts warn of the choking hazard associated with placing necklaces on little ones), a pain and anxiety reliever for adults, and as the subject of intrigue.
Clean your Amber with lukewarm water and a soft cloth, drying completely. Polish with olive oil and remove the excess with another soft cloth. Store away from other pieces of jewelry, keep away from direct sunlight and harsh chemicals, and don’t use commercial cleaning solutions. (With a Mohs hardness of 2.5, it’s very soft!)
Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!