Amber has always been a favorite stone used for adornment especially in Europe. It has its own inner light and beauty, and some believe mystical powers. From the 17th Century the fashion of amber bead necklaces began. These necklaces were worn as status symbols and thus became increasingly large. As society became materialistically richer during the 19th century Amber was carved into differing shapes like cups and saucers, cigarettes and cigar holders, etc…
Amber today is an increasingly popular stone. Most of the world’s amber jewelry is made in Poland. Recently there has been an increase in popularity of Amber jewelry. This trend is due to a combination of factors. The first being that the Polish people are incredibly skilled at working Amber and accentuating its beauty. They are highly skilled jewelry craftsmen. They are also very creative people with artistic influences coming from Western and Eastern Europe as well as Asia. In the communist era in Poland (1945-1989) this creativity was repressed and only recently allowed to blossom again. Lastly, some people believe Amber has mystical properties.
Amber gives soothing light energy that is both calming and energizing at the same time. It can help manifest desires and heighten intellectual abilities, clarity of thought, and wisdom. It is said to cleanse its environment by drawing out negativity and is said to relieve physical pain the same way. It brings the energies of patience, protection, psychic shielding, romantic love, sensuality, purification, balance, healing, and calmness to those who wear or carry it. It is considered a good luck charm for marriage. Amber is excellent for inner child work and past life work. Amber is associated with the solar plexus chakra and sometimes the sacral chakra. Mystical lore says that amber is beneficial for purifying the body, headaches, bone problems, heart problems, circulation, ears, hearing problems, endocrine system, fibromyalgia, intestinal/digestive disorders, kidney, bladder, lungs, and general healing purposes.
Color: orange, yellow, green, brown
Associated Element: Fire/Akasha
Magickal Properties: Amber is a powerful substance that is the fossilized resin of ancient coniferous trees. It is a fossil, not a stone, and was once part of a living organism. As a result, it is organic and has special energy and powers and is associated with longevity, life cycles, and time. Amber can be used for just about any purpose and is also combined with other stones to strengthen magickal workings. In some covens, the High Priestess wears a necklace of amber and jet (jet is fossilized wood, and is also organic). It is sometimes referred to as a Witches Stone, as it was used extensively by Witches in ancient times. Amber is sacred to many Native American nations. It may include the remnants of small creatures or plants that were trapped within the sap while it was still viscous and sticky. Genuine amber can be difficult to find. When rubbed against wool or silk, amber will create an electric charge. It will also float in saltwater, as it has a low specific gravity.