Amber is not a crystal, in fact, it is petrified tree resin, often containing bits of plants and small animals, such as insects. It has tremendous healing and cleansing properties, which is why many people use it like a crystal. Amber draws disease from the body and promotes tissue revitalisation. It also cleans the environment and the chakras. It absorbs negative energies and transmutes them into positive energies that stimulates the body to heal itself.
Amber teething necklaces for babies is regarded as a traditional European remedy to help relieve teething pain. When Amber is placed next to the skin, the body heat triggers the release of a minute amount of succinic acid which has a pain relieve and anti-inflammatory effect when absorbed into the bloodstream. Babies must wear the necklace while being supervised as the baby should not chew on the necklace.
Amber is one of the first materials used for jewellery and was a valuable trading resource. Amber beads, pendants and amulets with spiral patterns were found in Stone age graves dating back to 8,000 BCE. Cultures from all over the world have associated amber with spirits of the natural world and The Sun.
One of the loveliest aspects of amber is its range of colours, from creamy white tones all the way through the tints of yellow into reddish material. While some freshly mined material may appear to be greenish-blue, this is due to surface fluorescence which will fade in time.
Amber is an extremely soft material, extra care must be taken to protect it from any hard objects which might damage its surface. To clean this delicate material, wash it with a mild soap and dry it carefully.