» Beading Definition: Amber
Rich, golden, and clear like frozen honey, this featherweight “stone” is really petrified tree sap and not a mineral at all. It is found mostly in northern European countries and Russia. While clarity plays a large part in its value, pieces that contain trapped insects are even more highly prized! Because Amber is an organic fossil, it can be affected by alcohol and other chemicals. Care should be used to avoid spraying perfume or hairspray on Amber. When rubbed, Amber can produce static electric charges too. Amber found quite a bit of popularity as a jewelry item in the Roaring 20’s, and it has remained a classic favorite ever since!
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