Amber: The Healing Stone November 30, 2014 12:52


         Amber is one of the sought-after precious stones. It’s earth tone, in calming hues of brown, yellow or reddish gold, make this fossilized resin very attractive to it’s wearer. It has a very unique composition the rarest specimens are those with different inclusions ranging from beetles to flies to spiders and water drops that petrified with it over a long period of time.
         The Greeks refer to amber as “elektron”, meaning “sun-gold”.  This association was inspired by it’s ability to develop an attractive force on wooden shavings and straw when rubbed. The English term “amber” was derived from the Arab name for this stone “an-’anbar.” Gold-colored amber symbolizes success.
         Amber is known not only for its unique appearance but also for its healing properties. For over 7,000 years, amber has been used to cure various ailments and disorders. It is also believed to stimulate “joie de vivre” and a feeling of well-being to the wearer. It enhances the powers of self-healing and promote decisiveness. Its significant benefits include improvement of metabolism and treatment of skin conditions associated with metabolic imbalance. Because of its warmth, it is also used in the treatment of respitarory ailments, including asthma. Wearing an amber necklace can greatly and easily ease allergic respiratory problems including allergy to cat fur. It is also used for helping heart problems by strengthening heart muscles. When worn close to skin, it is also good in treating rheumatism.
        Caring for your amber jewellery: Amber is warm to the touch since it is a resin (organic origin) and not a stone (mineral). When you feel it warms slowly than normal, clean it under lukewarm running water. Negative energy can make amber cloudy and dull. Purify your amber by bringing in positive energy. Do not expose amber in the sun for a long period of time as this may make it brittle.