Although it is quite commonly referred to as a stone, in the true sense Amber is not a stone. In fact, it is a fossilized resin. However, since the jewelries made from amber bear the semblance of the stone, therefore, people have started calling it as gemstone. Aside from the beautiful appearance it has, many believe that amber also has certain metaphysical characteristics as well. It is believed that amber has strong healing properties and can cure many types of mental diseases. This has not been proven empirically yet but many users claim it to be of great benefits.
So where does it actually come from?
Amber is extracted from many parts of the world. The quality of this gemstone varies depending upon the country from where it has been extracted. Some of the countries the most popular for the amber are Poland, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Russia, Germany, Italy and Britain. The good thing is that most of the amber types are pretty easy to extract. Another good thing is that amber is available in a number of colors and hues. It can be light blue as well as dark green. Usually, the amber colors that are neither too dark nor too light are preferred. Also, a lot of people prefer the clear amber but there are many people who want to go for the inclusions which give a unique look to the gemstone. The amber extracted from the Baltic region is the most precious form and thus the costliest of all. The most in-demand processed amber comes from Poland where the Polish designers are the most revered amber craftsmen. Green amber is also found in many regions, but it is best to stay away from it as only very few vendors sell the natural thing. Most of them add artificial color to it.
If you really want to find out the origin of amber, then you will have to go back millions and millions of years into the time. Nearly 50 million years ago, the resins were discharged by some of the tress, especially the pine trees. Over the millions of years, the resins became solid and then finally got fossilized. The landscape of earth shifted during these years and from the forests a lot of amber reserves moved to the coastal areas. A great deal of the resin reserves also got buried under the sea. Millions of years of natural earth phenomenon caused the amber to surface again.
The metaphysical effects
Amber is said to have the calming effect on the person who wears it. It helps in bringing down the stress. However, these claims have not been verified yet. Therefore, people under any kind of stress medication must continue with it even after wearing the amber. Amber stone jewelries from DRFineJewels are pretty common and worn mostly by women. They can be easily combined with certain metals like gold, silver, and stainless steel to create beautiful jewelry designs.
An amber stone by DRFineJewels with insect inclusion is one of the best and very valuable.
Amber stone should be of the amber colour. However, this beautiful stone found mainly in the Dominican Republic comes in various colours. Amber stone is not really a stone but a tree resin that has been fossilized. Amber stone is available in a number of colours including yellow, honey, green, and blue. However, blue is the most sought after and in demand colour for it. In fact, the truth is that many people do not even believe that bleu coloured amber is actually available. Here are some facts about it.
Is it truly blue?
The fact is that the blue ambers of DRFineJewels are actually blue in colour. However, it is not blue in the sense we might consider it is. The stone happens to change its colour when subjected to different surface backgrounds. When you will look at it in the bright light (natural light preferred) before different surfaces, you will find the difference. Here is the mystery revealed behind the ‘blue’ phenomena. When you keep the amber against a white surface and throw the light at it, the light will pass through amber but will hit the surface. Now the light will get refracted from the white surface. As a result you will see the blue hue. However, when you keep it against the dark or black background, the light will not refract from that surface. Instead, it will refract from the amber itself and its natural colour will be revealed. Amber contains the hydrocarbons which tend to convert the UV light into blue hue. This is why we get to see the popular blue hue of the amber.
The interesting thing is that the blue hue effect is possible only with the amber from the Dominican Republic. On the other hand, if you are buying the amber form any other region, such as Baltic or Indonesia, then you will not be able to see this effect. So, the question is – what exactly is the difference between the two. The difference is that when exposed to the sunlight, the fluorescence in the UV will give the blue hue effect.
Although it is quite an intriguing phenomenon, this type of amber (blue one) is not really very well known by the people. The reason is pretty simple. This type of amber is only found in Dominican Republic and is very rare. While other types of ambers are abundantly found and are cheaply available, this amber is quite expensive.
There are some collectors who know the value of this amber and want to buy to make it the part of their collection. There are some people who want to wear the amber jewellery. Unfortunately, there are some vendors who are selling fake blue coloured amber and are able to pass it off as genuine. If you are planning to buy this amber, make sure you buy it only from a trusted or reputed vendor so that you don’t get duped. Blue coloured amber is rare and expensive and no one can sell it for a cheaper price without incurring loss.
If your interest in amber gemstone has risen in the recent past, then you must already know that it is a fossilized resin. This means that amber is not really a stone however, over millions of years it has hardened so much that it looks a lot like it. This is the reason why people call it gemstone and it is very widely used in the jewelleries. It has literally taken millions of years for the formation of amber and for it to appear the way it does now. It means that it has undergone tremendous amount of chemical and physical changes in the span of these years. You will be surprised to know that the oldest known amber is nearly 350 million years old.
Do you know that there are some pieces of amber that have packed insects in them? Some people love the amber which is clear, but there are many people who pay a huge price for the amber with inclusions. When the inclusion is in the form of an insect, the price goes up even higher. Millions of years ago, when the resin was semi liquid, during one of its fluid manoeuvres, it would have caught an insect and sealed it inside. Then it got fossilized and preserved the insect. This is how amber with insects was created. The oldest known amber with insect inclusion could be as old as 150 million years. Isn’t this fascinating? No wonder why people are ready to shell out lots of money for such a piece.
The use of amber as a gemstone is not new. Even in the era Before Christ, there are evidences of people using the amber from Drfinejewels in the jewellery items. Amber is available in a number of colours, sizes, and inclusions. While it is extracted from a few regions of the world, the most famous amber pieces come from Baltic region and Dominican Republic. One of the most famous amber stones is blue amber from Dominican Republic. This stone is not truly blue but changes to blue when exposed to light containing UV. You can see its magnificent blue hue in the sunlight.
Amber stone from the Baltic region could be as old as 50 million years. Most of them are found in shore area of the Baltic. In fact, amber is also considered to be Lithuania’s national gem. It is said that the amber from the Baltic region is of the finest quality. The amber extracted from this region usually comes in different hues of yellow. However, you may also find honey coloured and dark brown amber stones from here. Green has also been found from some places but it is extremely rare. Most of the green amber you see in the market is a fake copy. Ambers could be quite clear and transparent as well as very opaque and hazy.
Amber stones from Dominican Republic are not as old as compared to the amber from Baltic. However, the DR amber stones have the rarest and finest inclusions you will ever see. Also, the amber from this region comes in diverse colours mostly unavailable anywhere else. If you are looking for amber with insects, you will find it in Dominican Republic.