Origin: Baltic states, Madagascar, Colombia, Dominican Republic
Mineral Species: N/A - Fossilised Tree Resin
Colour: Yellow, orange, red-brown.
Birthstone: Aquarius, Taurus and Leo
Chakra Alignment: Solar Plexus
Origin of Name & Mythology: Not known
Strictly speaking not a mineral, amber is an organic resin from the now extinct coniferous tree, Pina Succinifera, which existed in the Eocene Epoch of the Tertiary period, about 50 million years ago, and comes mainly from the Baltic, although there are a number of other deposits throughout the world. Amber was the first precious stone noted in human history, and has been used as a healing stone and protective amulet for at least 7000 years. It becomes electrically charged when rubbed vigorously with a cloth, causing it to attract small particles, and archeologists now believe this made it an object of magic for ancient man. It bestows good luck and happiness, grounds higher and mental energies, and acts as a powerful healer and cleanser, having the ability to absorb pain and negative energy. It is good for the filter organs, helps with joint problems and enhances healing of wounds. It encourages a sunny outlook with a gentle, flexible and pliant nature, and yet with strength and self-confidence. Although it aligns primarily with the Sacral Chakra, amber also opens the Crown, bringing in pure golden light throughout the body.