[ Amber ]


Soft, warm, golden gem known as amber is a fossilized resin of ancient trees which forms through a natural polymerization of the original organic compounds. Most of the world’s amber is in the range of 30 to 90 million years old. Amber exists primarily in yellow and golden honey tones and in a variety of less common opaque and translucent colors, such as ruby red and iridescent greens and blues. Amber is prized for its golden color and medicinal powers. In many parts of the world, amber is believed to attract sunlight and deflect darkness. It was probably the first gemlike material ever used for jewellery. Throughout Africa, from Morocco to Somalia, amber jewellery represents a significant part of a woman’s dowry and until the end of 19th century, amber was used as a form of currency. In Korea amber was widely used as buttons and pendants. The fascination with amber continues today.