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The Amber Time Machine - Video

posted 2012 Oct by Amber&Art Team

The Amber Time Machine

David Attenborough on fossils in amber, part 1.


Playlist for all parts: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=48ECBA95D1705D18

How to Use an Amber Teething Necklace

posted 2010 Jul by Amber&Art Team

By an eHow Contributing Writer

http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_2104361_use-amber-teething-necklace.html

Instructions
  1. Step 1

    Research the pain-relieving properties of Baltic amber teething necklaces. Amber is not a stone, but ancient fossilized sap from trees near the Baltic Sea. Contact with warm skin warms the amber, which causes it to release minuscule amounts of oil containing healing properties.

  2. Step 2

    Find and buy an amber teething necklace. Look online and in high-end baby boutiques. Buy amber stones and make an amber teething necklace if you are talented in jewelry-craft.

  3. Step 3

    Rinse and dry the amber teething necklace before each use, using warm water to warm the stones.

  4. Step 4

    Place the amber teething necklace against the baby's skin, under a T-shirt or other clothing so that the baby cannot pull on the amber teething necklace.

  5. Step 5

    Watch the child while using the amber teething necklace to ensure safety. If the necklace breaks, collect all pieces of amber and jewelry parts for professional repair.

  6. Step 6

    Wear an amber teething necklace as an adult for relief of minor aches and pains. Use the amber teething necklace close to the source of pain, such as on the wrist for hand and arm pain.



Mythology & Symbolism of Amber

posted 2007 Jun by Erika Labeikyte

Amber through the Ages

Neolithic
Because amber both contains plant & animal life, it was thought to be a vessel of eternal youth. Historically, amber is tied to preservation. Roman ladies of the court played with amber, holding it in their hands and stroking it, as contact with amber was thought to guarantee a youthful look. Amber has been located in Egyptian tombs, where it was probably used not as adornment, but rather as a powerful desiccant (preservative).

In Neolithic times, this “Gold of the North” served as a sacred symbol of the sun. Entrapped insects also led to the belief that pieces of amber are the resting places of departed souls.

The Slavic tribes thought amber magical because of its warm feel, its lightness and luster. Some believed amber was the petrified tears of gods.

In Lithuania, an amber necklace was placed around a child to prevent kidnapping. Amber extends general protection to the wearer, especially children. Beaded amber necklaces are still a traditional gift for a child.

In Latvia, bands of amber rings were used in wedding ceremonies to ensure an eternal bond. Today, amber represents renewed fidelity in marriage.

The Phoenicians, Etruscans and Romans believed amber warded off evil spirits.

China

The Chinese burned chunks of raw amber as a sign of their wealth. In addition, amber was thought to be associated with fiery dragon’s blood.

Greece

In some Greek myths, amber represents the tears of Apollo’s daughters (Apollo himself was the God of the Sun). Alternately, some Greeks believed amber was solidified sunshine, broken away from the heavens and sunk into the sea.

Priestesses wore beads of amber as a confirmation of the exalted energy stored in these beautiful stones.

In classical times, amber was once crushed and eaten with honey as a cure for headaches and toothaches. Amber beads were thought to protect the wearer from rheumatism, toothache, rickets and jaundice.

Rome
Amber was one of the reasons the Emperor Nero opened the trade routes with the Germanic tribes.

Famous for her beauty, Empress Poppaea, the wife of Emperor Nero, made amber so popular that women dyed their hair to match its color, described as amber.

Copernicus listed amber as an ingredient in his healing cordial.

Roman citizens carried amber beads in their hands to cool them during the summer heat (the slight scent of pine generated by rubbing the stone fought off other odors).

Roman women played with amber in the same way we might use a “worry-stone” today. This extended contact with amber was believed to promote a youthful look.

Amber amulets were worn to enhance fertility.

Gladiators sewed pieces of amber into their clothing for success in fighting.

Middle Ages

Extreme measures were taken to control the amber trade. Gallows were erected along the Baltic Sea to hang amber pirates.

The Celtic Sun God, Ambres, derives his name from the fossilized resin. Ancient Celtic amberworks created by Anglo-Saxons are famous for their beauty and fine craftsmanship.

Poland

In Pomerania, an amber necklace was a mandatory object for a bride—ideally, the largest bead should contain an inclusion (flora or fauna fossil).

Amber incense was burned in churches and amber was sometimes left on the collection plate in place of coins.

On St. John’s Night, amber was thought to chase away evil spirits and was generally worn for protection.

Native American

Amber represents the East Wind, the wind of Grandfather Sun, creation and new beginnings—sunstone. In contrast, in Finland, amber is known as “sea-stone.”

The Healing Properties of Amber

Amber acid is a bio-stimulant and has been used for ages to promote healing. Amber fights depression, and serves as a magnet to attract joy to the wearer.

Amber allows the body to heal by absorbing and transmuting negative energy into positive energy (ions). It is believed that wearing amber brings purification of mind, body and spirit.

New Age practitioners believe amber opens the 3rd Chakra (solar plexus). This is thought to provide mental clarity, balance moods & instill confidence in the wearer.

Amber, especially the inhalation of amber incense or vapors, has a long history of medicinal use. It was used well into the nineteenth century throughout Europe for medicinal purposes & is still used in Russia. It was said to protect one from ailments of the throat as well as a host of other maladies.

Symbolism of Amber

Amber was first worn as a talisman of good luck.

Amber serves as a symbol of renewal in marriage & continued fidelity. It also represents an everlasting bond of eternal love. In some cultures, it evokes eternal life & youth.

Amber is an alternate birthstone for November, replacing topaz.

Amber has always been association with good luck & general protection, particularly the ability to ward of the evil eye.

Amber is associated with the signs Leo and Aquarius.

In dreams, amber signifies a voyage.

Amber represents the tenth wedding anniversary.

Happy Hunting on your amber voyage!

(From " Amber Quick Facts: Mythology & Symbolism of Amber " http://www.amberjewelry.com/quick-facts-about-amber-myths-history-s/90.htm)

Do you know that...

posted 2010 Apr by Amber&Art Team

Loose Amber Stones

Amber is a powerful healer and cleanser that draws disease from the body and promotes tissue revitalization. It also cleans the environment and the chakras. It absorbs negative energies and transmutes them into positive forces that stimulate the body to heal itself. A powerful protector, it links the everyday self to the higher spiritual reality.

Psychologically, Amber brings stability to life but also motivates by linking what is wished for to the drive to achieve it. Its warm, bright energies translate into a sunny, spontaneous disposition that nevertheless respects tradition. It can help counteract suicidal or depressive tendencies.

Mentally, Amber stimulates the intellect, clears depression, and promotes a positive mental state and creative self-expression. It brings balance and patience and encourages decision-making, being a useful memory aid. Its flexibility dissolves opposition.

Emotionally, Amber encourages peacefulness and develops trust.

Spiritually, Amber promotes altruism and brings wisdom.

Healing Amber is a powerful chakra cleanser and healer. At a physical level, it imbues the body with vitality and has the power to draw disease out of the body. By absorbing pain and negative energy, Amber allows the body to rebalance and heal itself. Amber alleviates stress. It resonates with the throat, treating goiters and other throat problems. It treats the stomach, spleen, kidneys, bladder, liver, and gallbladder, alleviates joint problems, and strengthens the mucus membranes. As an elixir and for wound healing, it is an excellent natural antibiotic. It can stimulate the navel chakra and help in grounding energies into the body.

Position Wear for prolonged periods, especially on the wrist or throat, or place as appropriate. If treating babies or children, it is beneficial for the mother to wear the stone first.

From Hall, Judy, The Crystal Bible, Godsfield Press, Alresford, 2003

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posted 2008 Jun by Maria L.

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