Important Facts About Amber

Amber is an organic gemstone that is formed from the hardened resin of ancient trees. Interestingly, since Neolithic times Amber is appreciated for its color and natural beauty. This beautiful gemstone is formed after fossilized tree resin hardens under the right conditions turning into copal. After several million years, copal becomes Amber.

Metaphysics, a branch of philosophy, believes that Amber is a powerful healer and that it gives the person who wears it a sense of emotional and physical healing. In folk medicine, Amber has also been used as a healing agent.

Amber is formed from viscous, sticky resin, and therefore commonly contains inclusions that got stuck in the young resin (copal) and remained there when it hardened as Amber. In particular, The hardening process of amber is known as polymerization, which fossilizes the resin over many centuries and makes it hard and sturdy.

Surprisingly, amber is composed of complex organic material without any definitive chemical formula. Its inherent substance can also vary depending on its origination. The Dominican Republic is one of the world’s main sources of amber. Authentic Dominican amber comes from the Hymenaea Protera tree that became extinct around 25 million years ago.

Dominican amber is reputed to be the best in the world for its range of colors, its translucency and high frequency of trapped specimens. Also, Amber colors range from blue, red, green, yellow, orange, brown. The most common color of Amber is the yellow-orange color known as Amber. The color is very distinctive and is named after the gemstone. Amber can also be a deeper orange-red color or a lighter yellow color.

Amber has a very low specific gravity and is one of the lightest of gemstones. Amber can be completely transparent, though most forms are cloudy and translucent. The cloudiness is usually caused by trapped air bubbles, which are very small and dense but can cloud up the entire Amber.