Geological classification

Who is amber suitable for according to their zodiac sign?

Many people are familiar with the honey-yellow gemstone amber. Despite the transparency of most varieties, geologists and jewelers do not consider it a crystal. Some time ago, many hypotheses arose about the origin of an unusual mineral that does not have a crystal lattice. Even ancient people created wonderful legends about how it appeared.

Tears of the Daughters of the Sun

One of the myths that arose in Ancient Greece tells about the reckless son of the god Helios – Phaethon. The young god, who died as a result of inept control of the solar chariot, was swallowed up by the waters of the Eridanus River. His sisters, the daughters of Helios, out of grief turned into trees on the banks of this river to mourn their brother who had left them. The tears of the Heliades – the daughters of Helios – fell into the water of Eridanus and froze there in transparent golden drops. Scientists of all times have gone through many versions about the origin of amber. It was declared to be frozen sea foam or the contents of the stomachs of whales, because very often pieces of fragrant ambergris were washed ashore by the sea. But then they found the same stones in the mountains and decided that this special substance was mountain oil squeezed out of the stones by giants. Some were inclined to believe that it was simply honey that had become very hardened over time, and later petrified oil. The true nature of the stone was discovered quite recently, and it turned out that the inhabitants of Hellas were right in their own way when they told legends about trees crying tears of sunlight. Precious amber turned out to be tree resin that had lain in the depths of the Earth for millions of years. And this is precisely what explains the findings of an amazingly beautiful gem in the Siberian taiga, and on the Caribbean islands, and on the coast of the Baltic Sea, and even in Africa, from where the precious electron was once transported to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.

Amber Rainbow

After much debate about which mineral is considered amber and which is not, geologists and gemologists around the world agreed that this can be called any plant resin fossilized in the depths, which is at least 1 million years old. In this case, the type of tree to which the resin belongs does not matter. Thus, at present there are several hundred deposits where amber of a wide variety of shades is mined. The most common type of gemstone of jewelry value is succinite. It is the product of fossilization of fossil plants related to modern pine trees. The most common variety, “batter,” has jewelry value. The classic description of amber fits it: transparent, golden yellow, cognac or honey tones. In European deposits it is accompanied by gedanite, which is often found on the beaches of the Baltic states. The mineral has all the magical properties of amber, which are also inherent in other varieties. Jewelers call this variety “rotten”. It is not suitable for making beautiful and expensive products and is more often used as an ornamental raw material. Amber, the color of which is heterogeneous and consists of white, dark and golden stains, is usually called landscape. The design on the polished cabochon truly resembles a painting depicting a fairytale location. This material is considered one of the most popular types of jewelry on the market, since each product with a gem insert is truly unique. The royal variety, which is completely opaque and has a noble ivory shade, is also highly prized. This effect occurs due to microscopic air bubbles enclosed in the thickness of the resin. Another similar variety is called cloud stone. The bastard variety is more transparent than the royal variety, there are significantly fewer gas bubbles in it, they are located unevenly and form picturesque patterns reminiscent of swirling clouds. White varieties in Ancient Rome had a very low price in jewelry, but were widely used as incense. Pieces of resin burning in the incense burners of temples filled the air with fragrant smoke, which was intended to convey people’s requests to the gods. Milk amber was also used to make medicines: powders for abdominal pain, hemostatic drugs, and heart medications. It has now been established that these stones contain the highest content of succinic acid, a natural biostimulant that has many beneficial properties. On about. Sicily, North Africa, Japan and Burma have deposits where an unusual cherry-colored gem is mined. There is no consensus on why nature gave the stone this color. Some believe that the culprit is the conditions in which the resin was located for a long time, others believe that the reddish substance was the substance itself, flowing from prehistoric trees.

Blue and green – like the sea

It turns out that there are quite unusual types of gems. On the islands of the warm Caribbean Sea, amazingly colored stones are mined. For all varieties there is a common name – Dominican amber. But it is impossible to find even 2 samples similar to each other: in the thickness of the massif, blue amber resembles the color of the water surrounding the islands, and individual pieces of stone, polished for making products, have inclusions and veins of a golden color, similar either to sandy beaches or underwater shallow. Some fragments have a mixed tint. Green amber is beautiful in its own way: imperceptible transitions of tones from bluish to yellowish, inclusions of gold “placers” make it look like a sea, constantly changing its appearance. The green and blue colored gemstone is considered one of the most expensive varieties of the mineral. Greenish, swampy, grayish stones are found quite often, but they cannot be compared with those that are mined in the few Caribbean mines. The secret lies in the quality of the plant resin from which blue amber is formed. Most likely, it acquired a magical color under the influence of some local conditions that could not be repeated anywhere else. An aromatic substance, perylene, was found in the fossilized resin. Thanks to the properties of its large molecules to refract ultraviolet rays in a special way, making it visible, the colorless resin acquires a blue glow. Thanks to this optical effect, blue amber acquired its extravagant appearance. A similar mineral of the same rare color is also mined in the same mines. Green amber has long been found in many other places. Usually these stones have only a slight hint of green or have marsh and bottle tones. The coloring of Dominican varieties is provided by the same perylene. When heated in an oxygen-free environment, the structure of the mineral changes. Transparent resin begins to transmit only yellow and blue rays of the solar spectrum. When reflected, they mix, creating rich shades of green. Blue amber differs from European varieties in its smell. The coniferous aroma characteristic of northern varieties of stone, which can be felt when burned, is uncharacteristic of Dominican gems. They have a light floral hue reminiscent of tropical summer. This is the smell of carob resin, the closest relative of those extinct plants whose “tears” were preserved by the land of distant islands.

Bakelite, buranite, celluloid and epoxy resin

Precious stones have always been counterfeited. Even in ancient Rome, inexpensive yellow amber was boiled in honey. This gave it the rich reddish-brown color of noble varieties. Such gems were much more expensive, and the demand for them was quite high. In the 18th century, another technology was invented: waste from amber jewelry processing (dust, crumbs, etc.) could be mixed with ordinary, fresh pine resin and compressed when heated to a high temperature. The cherry shade of faturan (that was the name of the new material) could compete in beauty with Sicilian gems, which were highly valued. The inventor of phenol-formaldehyde resin, L. Backland, gave scammers a new way to fake amber: the plastic he created, after coloring, was very reminiscent of Baltic gems. And for this it was only necessary to slightly disrupt the technology and add some substances to the plastic melt. The market is flooded with cheap and beautiful jewelry. Even the leaders of the world-famous Parker company could not resist the beauty of the material – the bodies of high-quality pens began to be made from bakelite, very similar to amber. Celluloid was originally created as a replacement for ivory. But imitation amber made from this plastic is still in demand. Handles for knives and forks are made from it, an inexpensive decoration for various purposes. Jewelry is extremely rarely counterfeited, since upon closer inspection the differences from natural material are striking. Acrylic fakes are much more common, and polyester compounds gave the world such materials as bernite and buranite. Depending on the processing conditions, the material can have the green shades of expensive Caribbean varieties, the red color of Sicilian stone, and the usual honey-yellow and cognac tones of the Baltic types. Even the rare blue stone is counterfeited by painting artificial resins in the appropriate colors.

How to distinguish a fake?

The simplest thing is to weigh it. Beads made from real amber, about 40 cm long, can weigh less than 100 g, depending on the size of the elements. Any artificial material (including blue amber) has a much greater mass. But one should also be wary of the relatively low price or the ease with which the merchant lowers the price. Silver necklace with amber in the SUNLIGHT catalog It is unlikely that the seller will allow the buyer to scratch or set fire to his product to check its naturalness. But you can also warm up the stone by rubbing it against a cloth or your own palm. When heated, natural material emits the smell of pine resin, pine needles or turpentine. Synthetics have a very characteristic aroma that is difficult to confuse with coniferous. In a jewelry store, you can ask the seller for an ultraviolet lamp (a device for checking banknotes). In its light, the structure of a real stone becomes visible: uneven deposits of resin, stripes of varying transparency. White and cloudy varieties acquire a bluish glow created by the refraction of rays in gas bubbles, while rough semi-precious stones of dark varieties glow red-brown. Plastic counterfeits do not exhibit luminescence. None of the described methods will help to distinguish inexpensive varieties of amber that have been heated. This is done to change its color to imitate a more expensive gem. As a rule, in an array of such stones, scales or sparkles are visible, formed as a result of the expansion of gas bubbles. Green amber obtained by heating also has a not very pleasant, swampy tint.

Magical and healing properties of amber

Identifying a fake is important for those who intend to use the healing properties of the stone or use it as an amulet. The magical properties of amber are considered to be especially strong if the resin contains an insect or other inclusions. Interaction with a gem is beneficial for all representatives of the zodiac circle. But when choosing a decoration or amulet, you should take into account the horoscope meaning of amber for different signs. So, for fiery Leo, Sagittarius, Aries, bright yellow and red amber is suitable. Only from such stones will they receive enough energy and strength for their achievements and love. For the Earth trine, the meaning of the stone is somewhat contradictory. Taurus, who stand firmly on their own two feet, will prefer dark varieties of the mineral. Brown and black Baltic ambers will help them keep from falling in any stressful situation. Virgo is a symbol of fruitful, rich nature. Shades of honey and ripe ears of corn will give her the strength to match the generosity of the planet, which creates benefits for all its inhabitants. Capricorns are suitable for gems of milky or cloudy varieties. Air signs will appreciate not the mineral itself, but jewelry made from it. Their characteristic artistry and creativity are reflected in the requirements for the amulet: it must be something beautiful and designed into a product. Aquarius will especially like varieties with inclusions of gas bubbles. Gemini can get support from any variety except the very dark ones. For Libra, aesthetics in the design of a stone are most important, and they will be able to appreciate any amber only in a frame. But which zodiac sign of the Water trine might be suitable for a fire amulet? Active male energy, belonging to the opposite element should be too oppressive for receptive Pisces and Cancers. But for them, nature created cloudy and white varieties, calm and cold. These signs will not remain indifferent to stones with sea tones: blue and green amber surprisingly combines the properties of the water element and sunlight. Such stones can always give some warmth to the feelings of cold natures. Scorpios will like and can help with depression only the sunny shades of yellow Baltic varieties.

Amber in lithotherapy

The healing properties of the gem are due to its ability to accumulate static electricity. Even ancient oriental healers noticed that migraines and headaches of various types go away if you rub your temples with amber plates. It was believed that a sunstone pendant could even relieve heartache if worn under clothing. Weak discharges that occur when the stone rubs against clothing and skin are quite capable of influencing nerve endings, relieving various types of pain. But the most valuable active ingredient is the organic acid that is part of amber. Its compounds enhance gas exchange in tissues and cells, serve as a biostimulating substance, activating restoration processes. White amber is especially rich in acid. An infusion of ordinary water on pieces of mineral has beneficial properties: it can have a beneficial effect on aging and sagging skin. The magic of amber is never dark. This is a mineral that protects the owner from all energy-informational attacks, the evil eye and damage. It is only important to know who is suitable for an amber stone of certain shades, and to be able to choose a real gem. Amber is a unique stone that suits almost every person. It is shown to all zodiac signs, except, perhaps, Taurus. Taurus is, as it were, blocked from its influence. In addition, solar resin can irritate people of this zodiac sign and distract them from what is important. For the fire signs of the zodiac (Leo, Aries and Sagittarius), products made from ancient resin are most suitable. The solar gem harmonizes perfectly with these three energetic and active signs. Their mascot could be the Fire Salamander, embodied in an amber figurine. Amber pendant “Shell” 3 UAH 950 UAH Pendant carved from amber “Rose” 9 UAH 600 UAH Amber cross 420 UAH 420 UAH Amber cross 420 UAH 420 UAH Pendant carved from amber “Rose” 6 UAH 700 UAH Amber cross 420 UAH 420 UAH Amber pendant on a rope “Leaf” 4 UAH 930 UAH Amber pendant “Leaf” 4 UAH 680 UAH Amber pendant “Shell” 5 UAH 200 UAH Carved amber pendant “Turtle” 4 UAH 870 UAH Amber pendant on a cord “Dragon” 8 UAH 140 UAH Amber pendant “Turtle” 3 UAH 520 UAH Amulet pendant made of deer horn and amber “Wolf Fang” 4 UAH 100 UAH Pendant carved from amber “Rose” 6 UAH 130 UAH Pendant “Amber leaf” 5 UAH 830 UAH Amber pendant “Corn” 5 UAH 150 UAH Pendant carved from amber “Rose” 7 UAH 130 UAH Amber pendant “Rose” 5 UAH 400 UAH People often wonder who amber is suitable for according to their zodiac sign. Many astrologers agreed that if a person likes a certain stone, then there is no reason not to wear it, because if the stone does not suit, then the person will not be comfortable. Therefore, even if Leo is not comfortable with amber, you should not force yourself to wear it, and vice versa: if Taurus experiences a surge of strength and inspiration, then why not use it.

Amber pendants

It is believed that unprocessed amber without a frame is the most effective for health. Ancestors wore amber close to their bodies, making beads from it or hanging a pebble on a rope. This is how pendants appeared.

Now on the jewelry market there is a huge variety of pendants of the most sophisticated shapes. They all look impressive, decorating and complementing outfits and toilets. But when choosing a pendant for health, you should not pursue beauty, because an amber pendant must be worn on the body. It doesn’t have to be super original. A simple piece of ancient resin on a string, in contact with the body, will be much more useful than an elaborate, expensive item decorating clothes. Therefore, simple amber pendants will bring more health benefits, protect against the evil eye, strengthen mental abilities, and give faith and optimism.

You can find amber products in many stores. But before you buy a product you like, you should make sure that it is not a fake, is made of high quality and its price does not exceed the price in other stores several times. All this can be done by comparing online stores. Souvenir magnets made of amber Online gift store TM “Yantar Polesie” guarantees high quality products. Ukrainian amber, used for making products, is widely famous for its distinctive properties. Master jewelers put a little of themselves into every piece, developing new designs and crafting each item with the utmost care and love. More than 17 years of experience in the market, many quality certificates, awards at jewelry exhibitions and diplomas, regular customers and new brand stores throughout Ukraine speak for themselves. Thanks to the innovation of our craftsmen and individual approach to clients, our store can rightfully be considered a leader among manufacturers of amber products.

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