Caring for Amber
How to care about your Amber jewellery
Amber is a delicate and a gentle stone that must be treated with respect and taken good care of. Amber is soft and as such, may easily be scratched. It is the softest & lightest of all gems.
Storage: Store your amber jewellery in a soft cloth, away from other pieces of jewellery which may scratch or chip it. Store your amber jewellery away from sources of heat.
Cleaning: Use warm (but never hot) running tap water and a soft flannel cloth to gently wipe dirt and smudges from amber settings. Never use soaps, detergents, or ultrasonic cleaners.
Polishing: Rub the amber gently with olive oil and use a soft cloth to remove excess oil.
Things to Avoid: Do not expose amber to extreme temperatures or widely fluctuating temperatures, as the amber may crack. Apply cosmetics, perfume, and hairspray before donning your jewellery; exposure to chemicals can ruin the finish of your amber permanently.
Recharging: After washing your amber jewellery leave it on the sunny windowsill for few minutes.
"Recharging" Baltic Amber in the Sun - How Does it Work?
From a scientific standpoint, if the sun can provide greater heat on the amber than contact with our body would, the sun's heat can help bring more of the amber's Succinic acid to the surface of the beads. If the sun is not strong enough to generate more heat than our body temperature does, or if the Baltic amber has become coated with lotions, soaps, sunscreens, etc, the sun will not be any more effective in bringing Succinic acid to the surface of the beads then wearing the amber. From a metaphysical standpoint, amber is said to have the quality of creating a sense of warmth and well-being to the wearer. Amber was created by the synthesis of light by trees, and is viewed to possess solar energies. Occasionally, placing amber in the sun is said to "recharge" these energies.
Did you know?
· Amber was showcased in the movie "Jurassic Park" when the image of a mosquito is seen encased in a lovely yellow/orange rock. That was a premier debut of what scientists have researched for decades as an historical event of tremendous proportion: seeing the shapes of insects, small plants, and even tiny animals immortalized in amber well before man walked the earth. Remarkable to say the least!
· Amber rubbed against wool or silk becomes electrically charged. It is thus no surprise that it benefits the electrical systems of the body
· Amber has been prized by many civilizations since the Stone Ages and considered very valuable. According to Fine Jewellery Designs, amber jewellery and beads over 8,000 years old have been discovered in northern European grave sites. According to David Federnan of the International Colored Gemstone Association, amber figurines in ancient Rome were more valuable than a healthy, human slave. Amber was valued in many ancient cultures including the Egyptians, Assyrians, Phoenicians, Etruscans, and Greeks. Amber has also been discovered in Egyptian mummies. Amber continues to be valued in the 21st century, and natural amber jewellery is the most common use.
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