Amber | Silver Street Jewellers


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Amber is a blend of hydrocarbons made from tree resins. To become Amber, the fossil resins had to undergo a second hardening phase of polymerization, where molecules were bound to each other to shape larger molecules, a process which took anywhere from tens of thousand of years to millions of years, before becoming insoluble. Most Amber is about 30 to 90 million years old but some Amber is significantly less than a million years old, and the oldest Amber discovered to date is 320 million years old. Many extinct animal species and different forms of plant matter are documented from Amber, but actual specimens are exceedingly scarce and must be held in museums. 


Amber is an ancient and cherished gem, made by light and creation, aged by time, and washed upon the shores for mankind. It has been identified as drops of the sun, tears of the gods, hardened honey, and sunlight solidified, and it is sought as much today as it was in the most ancient cultures. Amber's
uniqueness and its supposed supernatural and healing properties, contributed to it being shipped from the Baltic region for herbs, salt and metals. The Amber Path defines the inland trading paths from coastal regions of the North and Baltic Coasts, down to the Mediterranean Sea. “Gold of the north” was exported by means of the Vistula and Dnieper rivers to Italy, Greece, the Black Sea, Syria, Egypt, and beyond.

Healing Properties

Amber is a protective stone for children which people may wear as a bracelet or sewn into an infant's garment to ward off harmful energies and shield them from damage. As a gemstone of elegance and devotion, Amber is an outstanding talisman for growing natural radiance and attracting new love. Amber is thought to have healed impotence and frigidity and help female vitality and male potency.

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