About Gemstone Amber

Amber belongs to the very few varieties of gemstones that have an organic origin. Other well-known organic gems include coral, pearl & ivory. The term ‘organic’ implies that these gems have been derived from biological processes of living organisms as opposed to most other gems which have a chemical origin.

Women 925 Sterling Silver and Amber Pendant Caribbean green amber Pendant Necklace With Adjustable Japanese Braid
Women 925 Sterling Silver and Amber Pendant Caribbean green amber Pendant Necklace With Adjustable Japanese Braid

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Amber formed around 45 to 50 million years ago when aromatic resin oozing out from the barks of Pinus Succinifera trees hardened and fossilized with passage of time. The term ‘Pinus Succinifera’ does not refer to a single species of tree. Rather, the name alludes to a group of resin bearing trees collectively. In fact, Amber dating back up to 320 million years has also been found.

Amber Gemstone Choker Necklace

Amber Gemstone Choker Necklace

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Though certain types of amber can be found in the ground, mostly they have been freed and carried away by tides. Tossed around northern Europe by glaciers, river channels and tides, chunks of genuine Baltic amber can be found today on the eastern coasts of Holland & England, all over Poland, North-Germany, Scandinavia, West-Russia & the Baltic states. Almost ninety per-cent world’s Amber deposits occur in the Kaliningrad Region of Russia on the Baltic Sea.

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Sterling Silver Honey Amber Pendant Sterling Silver Magnificent Honey Amber Cuff Bracelet

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Amber has been treasured as a gemstone and a substance since ancient times. It is popularly used for crafting jewelry as well as other artworks. It is valued for its deep yellow orange color and its transparency. While amber is not a birthstone, it is associated with the astrological sign of Taurus.

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Amber Glamorous Necklace 29.5 Inches

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The name Amber stems from the Persian word ‘ambar’. The Persian word was earlier used to describe Ambergris, which is a solid, waxy substance produced in the digestive system of sperm whales. It has a sweet, musky odor and is a natural ingredient used in fragrance production.

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Multicolor Amber Collection Designer Flower Beads Necklace Rare Multicolour Baltic Amber Butterscotch Egg Yolk Beads Necklace

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Later on, around the 14th century, the term ‘Amber’ began to be used to describe the Gemstone Amber. The terms Amber and ambergris are frequently mixed up to great confusion since both are found washed up on sea-shores. The two are distinguishable by their densities. Ambergris floats in freshwater while Amber gemstones sink in freshwater. They can also be distinguished by their odor and color.

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Sterling Silver High Quality Honey Amber Bangle Bracelet Sterling Silver Amber Leather Bracelet

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Amber has been famously called as the time capsule of nature. It is because the gemstone gives us glimpses of life (in fossilized form) that existed millions of years ago on earth and is now extinct.

As a gemstone, Amber is celebrated and valued for its inclusions. A myriad of life forms such as ants, bees, termites, moths, caterpillars, spiders & other insects are seen fossilized and suspended in Amber. Feathers and flower parts, pine needles and leaves along with gas bubbles are other inclusions typical to Amber gemstone.

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Sterling Silver Honey Amber Bracelet Bezel Large Round Amber Toggle Clasp 7 8 Inch Adjustable Blue Amber Round Bracelet From Indonesia

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Inclusions of larger animals like lizards, frogs, scorpions or snails (particularly if they are preserved intact) can make Amber very valuable.

Eons ago when fresh Amber (resin) was oozing out of host trees, it became a sticky ambush for living organisms in its vicinity. Both flora and fauna became entrapped and embalmed in the slimy flow.

Baltic Royal Milky White & Yellow Amber Brooch in Leaf Shape

Baltic Royal Milky White & Yellow Amber Brooch in Leaf Shape

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Preserved in this manner, over one thousand extinct animal species and various types of plant matter have been identified in amber by scientists.

Inside the encapsulated plant material and insects, strands of DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid -the basic building block of life) are also captured. As such, amber is often referred to as a “Window to the Past.”

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Sterling Silver Detailed Amber Pendant Necklace Natural Amber Beeswax Pendant Carving Fish

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In recent times, the immensely popular dinosaur movie “Jurassic Park” played an important role in promoting Gemstone Amber all around the world.

The movie is based on the idea of cloning dinosaurs out of the DNA found in dinosaur blood sucked up by prehistoric mosquitoes that were subsequently preserved in Amber.

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Honey Amber Sterling Silver Greatest Flower on the Earth Bracelet Dark Amber Free Shape Beaded Necklace

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The movie succeeded in generating a lot of interest in Gemstone Amber and led to a worldwide surge in demand for amber jewelry.

Gemstone Amber stimulates the soul, enchants the eye, warms the heart and excites the world’s scientific imagination.

Sterling Silver Amber Charming Decorative Table Piece

Sterling Silver Amber Charming Decorative Table Piece

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Factors Determining Value Of Gemstone Amber:

Generally speaking, Baltic Gemstone Amber feel fetch you a higher price than Dominican amber. Amber chunks with plant, animal or insect inclusions are more expensive as compared to clean pieces devoid of such inclusions.

Gemstone Amber cabochons with insect or plant inclusions (particularly if they are preserved intact) might be sold for thousands of dollars.

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16 MBJ 14k Gold Light Amber Drop Pendant And Earrings Set Box Gold Chain 18 Inches

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Intact inclusions of larger animals like lizards, frogs, scorpions or snails can make Amber very valuable.

Color Attribute Of Gemstone Amber

The beautiful Gemstone Amber is usually associated with saturated orange-yellow hues. But it can appear in a variety of colors. In fact, Amber gemstone occurs in white, yellow, and orange to reddish brown colors.

In ascending order of value yellow Amber is least expensive followed by Golden Amber which is comparatively more expensive. Reddish amber is most valuable among these three colors.

Butterscotch Amber Sterling Silver Chainsaw Madness Necklace

Butterscotch Amber Sterling Silver Chainsaw Madness Necklace

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Red Amber (also called “dragon blood” Amber) alias cherry amber, has been cherished since ancient times. Red tints in Amber are rare & precious.

It is pertinent to note that oxidation can cause the gem to change color over the course of time and lose value.

Heat treatment & dyeing can also modify the color of Amber.

Clarity Attribute Of Gemstone Amber:

Based on its clarity, Amber falls into transparent, semitransparent, translucent & opaque groups.

Transparent amber is more precious than a hazy one. On the other hand, a fascinating plant or animal inclusion will add value to any amber gemstone.

A hazy Gemstone Amber can be somewhat clarified by careful heating in canola (rapeseed oil). However, this treatment can cause crack like circular marks called spangles on the resulting amber gemstone.

Sterling Silver Amber Round Beaded Necklace

Sterling Silver Amber Round Beaded Necklace

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Cut Attribute Of Gemstone Amber:

Usually, an Amber gemstone is polished into a free-form- shape by sticking to the original contours of the rough material. It might also be drilled into for stringing like beads. Apart from the free-form polished shapes, Amber is commonly cut into cabochons & beads. A faceted gemstone is extremely rare.

A big stone can be carved. Smaller stones are polished, used rough or sorted away.

Glamorous Amber Necklace 18 Inches

Glamorous Amber Necklace 18 Inches

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Carat Weight Attribute Of Gemstone Amber:

A low density of 1.05 – 1.09 approximately makes Gemstone Amber very light. So light, in fact that it floats in salt water. It is thus possible to use fairly large size amber gemstones for casting jewelry.

Sterling Silver Amber Round Beaded Necklace

Sterling Silver Amber Round Beaded Necklace

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Caring For Your Gemstone Amber:

Never clean your Amber Stones or Amber jewelry using ultrasonic cleaners. Avoid prolonged exposure to water as it can ruin the polish. Amber can be easily scratched by other jewelry. Wrap your amber stones in a soft cloth and always store them separately from other gems and jewelry.

Sterling Silver Baltic Amber Simulated Turquoise Charming Necklace

Sterling Silver Baltic Amber Simulated Turquoise Charming Necklace

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Sterling Silver Amber Piece of History Inside of Heart Shape Very Large Pendant

Sterling Silver Amber Piece of History Inside of Heart Shape Very Large Pendant

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