Amber, the legendary gold of the oceans is a gift from the sea to the people. Because Amber is like a mysterious and at the same time living time capsule.
Amber is neither rock nor mineral – that’s why it belongs to no mineral class, but is still counted among the gemstones. It consists of up to 260 million years old, fossil tree resin. There are several types of Amber – the best known are the Baltic Amber from the Baltic region or the Dominican amber from the Caribbean.
Origin Of Amber
In the so-called “Samland”, the region around the former Königsberg, a powerful Amber vein stretches across the Baltic Sea and even reaches the earth’s surface.
Other well-known localities are in Romania, Italy, Great Britain, Burma, and Japan and, of course, in the Dominican Republic – the Amber found here is of high value due to the variety of colors and quality of the stone.
Colors Of Amber
These are shiny gold irregular jumps. There is also Amber which contains hardly any guns – this includes the yellow-white Amber as well as the lemon-colored and cherry-colored Amber.
Green Amber is characterized by a larger number of shotguns and is transparent. Very rarely, colorless or black Ambers are found. In the jewelry area, especially the cognac Amber and the yellow-white and green Amber are used.
Even in prehistoric times, our ancestors designed art objects made of Amber. And at the same time, the most famous Amber art object of all time – the legendary Amber Room of the Russian tsar’s family – is still considered lost to this day.
Already in the Bronze Age, Amber reached the so-called Amber roads from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean. The name of the gem comes originally from the Low German – “Börnsteen” means as much as burning stone and is due to the good flammability.
The Latin name of the Amber is “Electrum” – because Amber charges by friction electrostatically, so it was used earlier among other things as clothes brush, as it pulls dust by rubbing.
The Effect Of Amber
Amber has been known since antiquity as a versatile healing stone. Thus, Thales von Milet argued that Amber could ward off pathogens, Pliny the Elder highlighted the antipyretic effect.
In the Middle Ages, mostly healers used Amber for stomach problems and bladder dysfunction. In addition, Amber oil was applied to the diseased parts of the body in rheumatism.
And on the spiritual level, Amber has always been considered a wonderful protective stone – because it stimulates the joy of life and increases our optimism, ideal to calm the mind and to promote flexibility!
Price Of Amber
Determining the price of raw amber stones is not an easy task. After all, each piece is an individualist and you do not even look up the value in the catalog.
Nevertheless, of course, you still want to know at least a rough guideline – regardless of whether you want to buy or sell the amber now. On this page we would like to shed some light on the price issue:
Influence Of Color On Price
Amber comes in very different shades. It can appear reddish when stored in ferrous sediment, and pyrite turns greenish.
The most characteristic of amber are the colors yellow to cognac-colored. Which color is the most popular is, of course, a matter of taste. However, most found raw amber stones are cognac-colored (estimates assume up to 90% of the found pieces). For example, yellow ambers are generally more expensive, as they are rarer.
Bigger In Size, Higher In Price
Definitely yes. Most amber pieces that can be found on the beach, for example, are hardly larger than pebbles. A find the size of a fist is already a great stroke of luck.
Everything that goes beyond that has a special rarity value. And what is rare is also valuable. In this respect, the rule of thumb applies to the value of raw amber stones: the larger, the more expensive.