Amber, Fall Jewelry

Warm Up With Amber Jewelry

An intriguing prehistoric time capsule, amber is rich, warm and perfect for all styles of jewelry.

 

amber jewelry
Intriguing, and sometimes with perfectly preserved fossils, amber is a rich, warm gem material.

Amber is warm in color and to the touch. An organic gem material, amber is formed from the resin of prehistoric trees, and has been used in jewelry for thousands of years. Amulets and beads have been recovered from Stone Age burial sites.*

 

Because of its organic origins, it is not considered a gemstone, but a gem material.

Amber, citrine & clear sapphire honeycomb pendant set in sterling silver, by Winged Lion, Etsy
Amber, citrine & clear sapphire pendant set in sterling silver, by Charlotte, North Carolina based, Winged Lion, Etsy, $285

Scientists haven’t been able to identify exactly how long it takes to form amber, but it’s been recovered in  in sedimentary rock material that dates to Cretaceous and Tertiary geologic periods (approximately 30-90 million years old).

From Tree to Jewelry

Amber gem material is found in the Baltic regions and the Dominican Republic. The color of amber ranges from white, to honey and cognac, deep cherry reddish brown and even blue.

Map courtesy of Midwest Amber
Map courtesy of Midwest Amber

 

 

 

A jeweler shaves off the crust of amber with an emery wheel, Photograph by Paul Zahl, National Geographic, "Beach Awash in Amber"
A jeweler shaves off the crust of amber with an emery wheel, Photograph by Paul Zahl, National Geographic, “Beach Awash in Amber”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The resin that forms the amber may have trapped debris like seeds, leaves, feathers and most interesting, insects, like in this amber pendant set in sterling silver from The Dinosaur Store, prices starting at $200

baltic amber

 

Factors like the type of tree and oxidation contribute to the color of amber.

For instance, pale yellow to white amber is caused by microscopic air bubbles, cherry amber is the result of exposure and oxidation, and blue amber formed from a tree similar to trees found in the Amazon rain forest.

Amber bracelet with 17mm amber beads, 14k gold plated bead, $180, Colianyc, Etsy
Amber bracelet with 17mm amber beads, 14k gold plated bead, $180, Colianyc, Etsy, New York
Healing Properties of Amber

Before modern medicine, it was believed amber had healing and analgesic properties to ease pain from gout and other painful ailments. Today, mothers with teething babies credit the succinic acid (a mild analgesic) contained in amber to ease their baby’s teething discomfort. It’s believed the benefits of the amber is absorbed through the skin, not by actually teething on the amber beads.

Amber teething necklace, Etsy shop, Spark of Amber, out of Towamencin Village, Pennsylvania, $23.99
Amber teething necklace, Etsy shop, Spark of Amber, out of , $23.99

According to Caryl Haxworth, of Charms of Light at charmsoflight.com, it’s also believed amber calms distress and emotional imbalance.

“Amber is a powerful healer and cleanser of the body, mind and spirit.  It also cleanses the environment.  Amber draws disease from the body, healing and renewing the nervous system and balancing the right and left parts of the brain.  It absorbs pain and negative energy, helping to alleviate stress.  Amber clears depression, stimulates the intellect and promotes self-confidence and creative self-expression.  It encourages decision-making, spontaneity and brings wisdom, balance and patience.”
What’s better than combining the healing properties of amber with a spinner ring to ward off anxiety?!

Spinner, or anxiety ring, sterling silver with amber, by Watch Me World, Etsy, $99
Spinner, or anxiety ring, sterling silver with amber, by Houston Texas based, Watch Me World, jeweler on Etsy, $99

 

Amber Jewelry is Fashionable and Affordable

Because amber is lightweight, it’s good for large statement pieces, like large necklaces, beaded or sculpted.

Sculptural, modern, organic-this necklace makes a statement! Colianyc, Etsy, $160
Sculptural, modern, organic-this necklace makes a statement! New York’s Colianyc, Etsy, $160

 

modern-amber-necklace

 

 

Cool, cubic necklace and earring set heats up with its spicy amber! Colianyc, Etsy; Necklace, $55, earrings, $70
Cool, cubic necklace and earring set heats up with its spicy amber! Colianyc, Etsy; Necklace, $55, earrings, $70

With its warm colors, amber compliments the crisp, cooling fall weather.

Reach out to any of the mentioned artists and jewelers featured above to add some amber to your jewelry box!

 

*Braid, Fara, “History and Legend of Amber-Gems of Yore”, International Gem Society, https://www.gemsociety.org/article/history-legend-amber-gems-yore/.