Amy Zerner’s Fashion Sense: Wearing Amber

Insects trapped in amber
Insects trapped in amber, Photo: markrhiggins/iStock/Thinkstock

Amber is the oldest geological specimen to be used in jewelry. Archeologists digging primitive sites near the Baltic Sea have found evidence of amber jewelry that is approximately 40,000 years old.

This “good luck” stone brings the purifying, revitalizing force of the sun and the absorptive, transmuting energy of the earth together to create a powerful tool.

In mythology, Apollo cried amber tears after being banished from Olympus. Medieval housewives would burn amber to bring good energy into their homes. Native American tribal healers used it in fire ceremonies.

Ancient Greeks discovered that by rubbing an amber vigorously, it became electrically charged. The early name for amber was “electron,” which is the root word for today’s electricity. Amber’s use as a power tool reaches back to man’s earliest history.

Amber absorbs negative energy, helps to ground you to the earth plane, and protects the sensitive person. It helps to distribute vitality to our aura and centers a person during meditation. Amber can be worn or carried to help calm the nerves. It allows you to receive from the universe, yet assists in remaining physically alert.

Amber is not technically a crystal, but is an organic compound. Some 360 million years ago, extinct pine trees oozed thick, sticky resins. As these resins flowed, a variety of living and decomposing matter became trapped inside. Then the resin was made to fossilize under the great pressure from the Earth’s changes. Many ancient traditions associate amber with the universal life force, because actual life has been trapped inside.

More information is available in my book Healing Crystals: Using Energy Stones & Making Medicine Bags here.

Amy Zerner is the Hamptons’ number one fashion blogger and designer.

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