Amber | Energy of Life

Amber | Energy of Life

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A guide for the history, meaning, metaphysical uses, purposes, crystal healing, and properties of the earthly Amber

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Amber is a stone for the energy of life. Its ties to trees and its organic inclusions have earned it the reputation of being strongly tied to life and healing in general. Unsurprisingly, amber has also been admired for its place in jewelry, dating back to even the Stone Age. 

History of Amber

One very common question we get is: "Is Amber a mineral?" Amber is not really a mineral, or a gemstone, as they lack a crystal structure. So, if Amber is not a mineral, then what is it? Amber is fossilized tree resin. Amber can be divided into five “classes” depending on their chemistry. Although it is possible to determine the specific origin of amber specimens, it is not without difficulty and usually requires firsthand knowledge of where it was collected or laboratory equipment. Amber can come from both modern and extinct sources. Historically, amber was often associated with the sun and healing.

Image of Amber Stones

The Greeks called it “elektron” meaning “shining thing” and is related to Phaeton, also meaning “shining.” The Romans called it “sucinum” meaning “juice” because it was the “juice” from a tree. From at least ancient times to well into the 1600s, amber was a common ingredient in medicinal recipes. In the ancient period it was a traded commodity. Central European communities had amber trading networks. Amber in the Baltic region, Latvia, and central Russia had a significant value and tens of thousands of products have been unearthed, many dating back to ancient times.

Amber has quite a range as far as pricing goes. The price range for amber varies depending on factors such as color, clarity, size, and unique inclusions. For instance, fanciful inclusions tend to raise the price of amber by a substantial amount.

Metaphysical Properties

Amber has been traded and for centuries. And we mean way back. Amber had been distributed from Northern Europe all the way down to the Mediterranean, Asia, and even parts of Africa. The Norse believed that amber came from Freya's tears.

The Amber stone is often associated with the Leo zodiac. It is said to complement the bold and warm nature of Leos, which is why it is a powerful symbol for this astrological sign. Amber is a symbol of energy, vitality, and dynamism, which are all traits that are commonly associated with Leos. Amber serves as a symbol of encouragement and amplification of leadership and journeys.

In a dream, it has been associated with a voyage. Some had ascribed it powers of calming, healing, or relaxation. It was a therapeutic stone for many, some believed that certain carvings into animals could enhance this property of the stone.

According to crystal healers, Amber is believed to hold powerful symbolism in the realm of energy cleansing. It is said to have the ability to purify spaces and auras, creating a safe haven shielded from negative influences. Symbolically, they are said to act as a barrier against any forms of negativity, transmuting them into positive energy and promoting a sense of safety and empowerment. The symbolic significance of Amber is believed to establish a peaceful and harmonious environment, safeguarding against any unwanted elements that may disrupt one's well-being.

To others, it signified a kind of power, destiny, and the future.

  • Stone for Life
  • Stone for Knowledge
  • Stone for the Future
  • Stone for Visions

  • Scientific Information

    Pronunciation: /ambər/ or /ambɪr/ (am-buh-r or am-bir)

    Hardness: 2

    Lustre: Resinous

    Crystal System: N/A

    Etymology: From the Arabic word “anbar”

    Location: Global, but mostly Europe and North America

    The Wrap Up

    Amber, a precious gemstone with a rich history, has captivated civilizations across the globe. Throughout time, amber has been revered not only for its exquisite beauty but also for its perceived mystical properties. Mtany believed that amber possessed the power to soothe, heal, and promote relaxation. It was hailed as a therapeutic stone, with some individuals attributing enhanced effects to specific carvings depicting animals. These intricate carvings were thought to amplify the inherent calming and healing qualities of the stone, offering a sense of solace and tranquility.

    Amber is a beautiful organic stone that has a really long history of trade. It has, throughout all of human history, been seen as a beautiful and truly unique stone in the world gemstones. There is no shortage of bracelets, necklaces, and other trinkets made that utilize this downright amazing stone.

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