We often think of amber as a gemstone, but it’s actually the fossilized resin of ancient trees. Surprisingly lightweight and warm, amber can hold an electric charge, which may be why many believe that it helps us gather positive energy and feel more grounded.
Here a trio of amber cabochons in honey gold, caramel, and moss green are framed in sterling silver for an enchanting accent. Not only are the earthy hues easy to wear, the bracelet itself is easy to fasten with a smooth bolo cinch clasp.
Legends about the glow of amber span all cultures and eras. The ancient Greeks thought of amber as sunshine made solid, one of the many gifts that Penelope’s suitors tried to woo her with in Homer’s Odyssey. The Greek word for amber is elektron, from which we get the English electricity, because amber can hold a static charge. In early Chinese cultures, amber was what became of a tiger’s soul after death. Vikings believed that amber carved in the shape of an animal contained that animal’s strength. The fact that natural amber often has small leaves, insects, and other inclusions trapped within it certainly must have supported these beliefs. Romantic myths and legends aside, the truth is that amber is the fossilized resin of trees that existed millions of years ago. People are often surprised at how lightweight and warm to the touch amber is, believing it to be a gemstone. But like pearl and jet, amber is actually one of a few “stones” that are actually organic. Available in shades from honey to straw to cherry to mahogany, with bubbles and inclusions or without, as natural chips or perfectly polished shapes, amber adds a touch of warmth and a natural glow to any outfit.