Stone Age: Amber

Truth be told, Amber is the Stone Age feature this week because my spouse is convinced he sees a dragon in the photo I took of it. Can you see it? And since we're in pregnancy mode in my home, Amber felt like a good fit, despite his dragon claims. You've seen toddlers wearing amber necklaces haven't you? Amber is one of my favourites mostly because of that great amber-topped cane in the Jurassic Park movie. Read below to find out more about this striking crystal:

WHAT’S IT GOOD FOR?

One of Amber's most redeeming qualities is its ability to siphon any dis-ease/unease out of the body. It absorbs these unbalances, so make sure you cleanse Amber regularly to dispel it of these energies. Thanks to its balancing properties, Amber is a great stone to help you get centred. Since Amber comes in different shades, these differing colours also give off varying properties as well. All versions of Amber are great grounding stones, so if you feel like your head is in the clouds and you're struggling to get centred, this might be the stone to keep in your pocket... or as an amulet around your neck! And since it's healing energies are so potent, it's often recommended to keep on the mother during labour. Looks like I'll be needing this in my baby bag come June.
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WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

Amber is typically a golden-hued, orange-y stone, but can also come blackish, with a reddish tint, or green. The black version is the most absorbing, the red the most stimulating and the gold the most healing. Green versions are trickier to come by, but are great for keeping the owner on their true path. Amber's crystalline makeup is striking because of the way the innards catch the light. Technically speaking, items could get caught in the Amber, hence why that famous piece in the Jurassic Park movies has a little mosquito in it. Now, whether we can really recreate dinosaurs from it is an area I won't even touch.
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ANYTHING ELSE?

Amber is actually fossilized tree sap - not a real crystal. You may have seen strings of it around the neck of teething babies, an old European remedy. Since the Amber absorbs pain to encourage healing, Amber acts as a natural antibiotic. It helps reduce the puffy cheeks of babies, stimulating their little glands to reduce all that drooling.


Stone Age showcases one new gemstone per week. Since there is a lot to know about crystals, I only cover the high points I find interesting. If you're curious about a certain stone, leave a comment below and I'll be sure to feature it. What was your first crystal?