What is Amber?
is a hard fossil of resin produced by extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary
period, typically yellowish in color. Although not a mineral, it is
generally classified as a gemstone.
common misconception is that Amber is made of tree sap. Sap is like the blood
of plants, made mostly of water (absorbed from the roots), sugar and minerals,
while resin acts like a special blood component, much like clotting factors in
the human blood. Resin is semi-solid amorphous substance, secreted in pockets
and canals as it builds to seal holes in the tree.
What is Amber Inclusion?
it originates as a soft, sticky substance (resin), amber sometimes contains animal and plant
material as inclusions. As resin flows fulfilling its
role in protecting the plant, other life is captured including microscopic
bacteria that often produce gas bubbles, and various fungi.
How old is amber?
amber is 44 million years old. In comparison, Bitterfield amber is 7 million
years old, Dominican and Mexican ambers – 54 million years old, while the oldest
kinds of amber (found in Canada, France, Lebanon, New Jersey and Siberia) are
over a 100 million years old.
What is a Baltic
Amber Baby Teething Necklace? It is a necklace that soothes the aches
of teething in babies and toddlers. It is meant for wearing and not chewing.
Are Baltic Amber
Baby Teething necklaces safe? Yes. Baby teething necklaces are made
with tension release clasps which break if being pulled with force. Amber beads
are knotted from both sides, so if the necklaces breaks, only one or two beads
will be loose. However, children
should be supervised at all times when wearing jewelry, and it should be
removed when child is sleeping or unattended.
Can adults benefit from wearing
Baltic Amber jewelry too? Oh, yes!
How should I wear Baltic Amber
Jewelry? You will
benefit the most if making sure that the amber touches part of your body
consistently. Amber is electromagnetically alive and produces significant
amount of organic pure natural energy.
What are the health benefits of Wearing
amber? Baltic amber
is known for multiple health benefits, mostly its anti-inflammatory and
painkilling properties. It is used to minimize headaches, toothaches, arthritic
and rheumatic pains, improve thyroid functions and fight insomnia.
Ok, but is it just some hippie stuff?
On many levels amber healing properties are purely energetic, just like any
other healing crystal or gem, and has little scientific proof to it. Yet in
practice people have experienced multiple health benefits of wearing amber for
hundreds of thousands of years. Nowadays contemporary parents swear on benefits
of Baby Teething necklaces or even their own headaches being cured simply by
wearing amber. We’ve heard so many people saying “Maybe it is placebo, but it
definitely works for me!”
Amber contains high amounts of succinic acid which is believed to have
analgesic properties and is used in cosmetics.
What does science have to say about health
benefits of amber?
In a nut shell,
scientific explanation of health benefits of wearing amber goes like this:
contains succinic acid (also known as 1,4-butanedioic acid).
Baltic amber has the highest amounts of
succinic acid of all kinds of amber (containing anything between 3 to 8 %);
Baltic amber is also known as succinite.
acid is widely claimed to have analgesic properties.
when warmed by body heat, release tiny amounts of oils containing succinic acid,
which passes trans-dermally in to the blood stream and acts as a painkiller.
acid is also found naturally in the body as an intermediate in the
all-important Krebs cycle; altering the levels in the body could therefore have
potential physiologic effects.
What is Succinic Acid? Succinic acid also
historically known as spirit of amber, is a white, odorless solid.
Succinate plays a role in the citric acid cycle, an energy-yielding
process. The name is derived from Latin succinum, meaning amber, from which the acid may
be obtained. The only class of amber is Ia, commonly known as Baltic Amber
which yields on dry distillation succinic acid, the proportion varying from
about 3% to 8%.
As a cosmetic ingredient
succinic acid increases cellular respiration. It helps cells, tissues, and
organs to absorb oxygen. Thereby it reduces free radicals and has a strong
What do the skeptics have to say?
There is no evidence that succinic acid is released from amber on
contact, or that warming it to body temperature would facilitate this. Succinic acid melts at 368 F, while body temperature (about 98.6 F)
is insufficient to melt it. (However, there is a chance it could be dissolved
There is no evidence that succinic acid is released from
amber on contact, or that warming it to body temperature would facilitate this.
If it was released, there is similarly no evidence for transdermal absorption.
Though Baltic amber does contain succinic acid, there is no solid
scientific evidence that it has analgesic effects at any dose.
Amber in cosmetics? I never heard
about it before.
Chemically processed amber is divided in to different particles on a molecular level. The two useful by-products of processing amber are: succinic acid (or
ground amber powder) and amber oil. Both of them containing antioxidant properties
are successfully incorporated into a range of skincare and hair care products.
What is Amber Oil?
The Amber Oil is extracted
from a process called dry distillation whereby amber melts in high temperature.
Condensed gasses get separated from the dark brown liquid substance, which
later is segregated in to essential oil and succinic acid. Just like any other
essential oils, amber oil too is soluble with other fatty oils, but not with
Is wearing amber jewelry a trend?
Yes! Recently wearing amber jewelry, especially Baby
Teething Necklaces, became a hallmark of alternative health oriented people.
Is it a new trend?
No. In fact, amber is widely claimed to
be the oldest semi-precious material used for human adornment. In prehistoric
times Baltic amber, also known as the “the gold of the north” was used for
both, health and decorative purposes all across Europe and all the way to ancient
Syria and Egypt.
How to care for
your amber jewelry?
Protect it from chemicals (make-up, hairspray, etc.)
Clean it with a very soft
cloth dampened with lukewarm water
It can be brittle. Protect larger
pieces of amber from falling as it can crack or break
It should not be kept with other jewelry
where it can rub against other pieces, especially metals
What are possible
colors of real amber?
YELLOW. 70% of amber comes in different
tones of yellow, varying from beige to dark orange (yellow tones of amber are
often labelled: white, honey, transparent
honey, cognac and etc.)
GREEN. Aka olive amber, quite rare
RED. Aka cherry amber
BLUE. It is the rarest shade of amber found
and due to this it is valued very highly.
BLACK. 15% of naturally found
amber comes in black, mostly because in prehistoric the resin got mixed with
*No, we don’t sell blue amber. Not yet :)
*And yes, despite the color the healing potency of amber remains the
same. It is the chemical constituents that matter, especially when processing
amber acid and oils. Baltic amber (which
varies in colors) has the highest amounts of succinic acid.
How to tell real from fake?
*You are very unlikely to come across fake amber jewelry
if you shopping within a price range of tens dollars. The truth is, falsification
is not worth the effort, unless you are after the large amber chunks with
inclusions, and we are talking about three or four digit figures.
But just in case, if you feel suspicious here are a few
tests to tell real amber from fake:
Heat a needle point in a
flame until glowing red and then push the point into the sample of amber for
testing. With copal the needle melts the material quicker than amber and emits
a light fragrant odor. Amber does not melt as quickly as the copal and emits
Copal will dissolve in
acetone. Put a few drops of acetone onto a clean surface of the test piece. Allow
it to evaporate, then place a couple more drops on the same area. Copal will
become tacky, amber will remain unaffected by contact with acetone.
Amber fluoresces a pale
shade of blue, copal has no color change.
Salt water test:
1 oz. of table salt in a cup of luke warm water. Amber should float in it,
while most kinds of copal and plastic would sink.
the testing piece vigorously on a soft cloth. Genuine amber will become heavily
charged with static electricity and will easily pick up small pieces of loose