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- Mineralogy and geology*
- Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing** Properties***
- Common Associations
Geology of Amber
Amber is a fossil tree resin; to be true amber, it must be at least 100,000 years old. This true amber has undergone polymerization, becoming significantly less soluble in common organic solvents, and so will not become sticky if wetted with alcohol, acetone or gasoline.
Composition: Amber is a hydrocarbon, consisting of c macromolecules formed by free radical polymerization of several precursors in the labdane family
Color: shades of yellow to deeper orange-gold
Diaphaneity: translucent to clear
Moh’s scale hardness: 2 – 2 1/2
Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties
Amber has a sunny, bright energy that both calms and livens. It is a cleansing stone, allowing the body to heal itself by absorbing and transmuting negative energy into positive energy. It assists with manifestation of the heart’s desire. It stimulate the intellect and opens the crown chakra. It transmutes the energy of physical vitality towards activation of unconditional love.
It has been used as a symbol for the renewal of marriage and other vows.
Amber is especially effective when worn on the body for long periods of time.
- Chakra – solar plexus
- Numerology - vibrates to the number 3
- Zodiac – Leo, Aquarius
- Birthstone – yellow amber is sometimes used for a November birthstone
- Wedding Anniversary – 34th
* Mineralogical information is from mindat.org
** Always consult with your medical professional for any physical or long-term healing issues.
*** Metaphysical properties come from:
Love Is in the Earth (1995) Melody, Earth-Love Publishing House, 726 pp.
The Crystal Bible, A Definitive Guide to Crystals (2003) Judy Hall, Walking Stick Press, 399 pp.
Crystal Muse (2017) Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, Hay House, 285 pp.
Crystal Gridwork (2018) Kiera Fogg, Weiser Books, 128 pp.