Components and development
Amber is mainly made of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen (C10H10). It is the fossilized resin of trees that lived millions of years ago.
Amber therefore comes from remaining vegetal resin of a few trees that existed several millions years ago.
With time, the trees have sustained a fossilization process by creating irregular masses which expanded on the sandy layers and clay slates of the tertiary age.
The trees produced resin to protect themselves against illnesses when their bark was hurt or dismantled by a beetle or other insects attacks.
For these reasons, an amber can contain perfectly well conserved insects or plants which were trapped in the gooey resin before their fossilization…
After the resin exuded on the outside, it hardened in damp sediments such as clay or sand that formed in lagoons or river deltas, and in this way was conserved in the earth’s crust for millenniums.
In Europe, amber developed from the resin of the Pinus Succinifera, whilst in America it comes from the leguminous plant Hymenaea Courbaril, known under the title Guapinol in Chiapas (Mexico) and Nicaragua, and « Carob tree » in the Dominican Republic, a tree that belonged to the tertiary geological period.
The Dominican amber would come from the Hymenea, an extinct species of tropical trees with large leaves of the leguminous family. A similar tree can still be found in Eastern Africa today.
The Dominican amber is famous for the diverse inclusions it beholds within, and amber researchers, scientists and collectors classify ambers according to the rare « treasures » it can behold : scorpions, lizards and frogs.
In the whole world, only 30 to 40 scorpions, 10 to 20 lizards and 8 to 9 frogs have been discovered in an amber.
The blue Amber
Another particularity of the Dominican amber is the various shades it can present, with many very bright colors and nuances, especially the blue amber.
The blue amber is a resin which contains sulfur composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and not a fossil vegetal resin which comes from conifers.
This variety of amber is very rare, maybe due to the presence of aromatic substances. On a white surface and under artificial lighting, the blue amber is a transparent yellow with a soft
blue tint, but on a black or opaque surface, and in the sunlight, it takes a deep blue tint but also its fluorescence to ultraviolet light, due to the polynuclear molecules (aromatic molecules of the petrol type : perylene).
This resin comes out blue in light refraction (reflected light).
Some ambers are always blue, disregarding their orientation towards the light. Some of them, on the other hand, change a lot. Different qualities of blue exist.
It can be found under the shape of nodules (big blue amber nugget) exclusively in the Dominican Republic in the mines in the north of Santiago de los Caballeros (The Septentrional Cordillera in the north, Bayaguana and Sabana in the east, and Cotui in the center) : Palo Alto region (25 million years old amber) and Toca, Palo Quemado region (33 to 40 million years old). The Cumbre (35 million years old). The most remarkable blue amber is found in the mine of Los Cacaos, which contains glauconite which dates from the Miocene period : We can also find small gastropods (Los Cacaos) and abundant microfossils (La Toca)
Properties and virtues of the natural amber
Through the ages, the healing properties of this stone have always been believed in.
The Egyptian alchemists assigned it with religious and medical value.
Medically, it would revitalize the body, but also the organ on which it is placed, by improving its functions. It favors masculinity and fertility.
As a pendant, it greatly relieves goiter, measles and all pains related to the hearing and the throat, especially asthma and persistent coughing. It amplifies the thoughts and prevents mental omissions. It preserves from damage caused by water or fire.
In Tibet, initiates use it to attract positive vibes and good fortune.
It is said to make good dreams come true, whether they are related to love, health or work.
The benefits of Amber
Natural amber contains Camphor molecules, Iodine and Sulfur traces.
Camphor is a disinfectant recommended during a child’s tooth development. Amber is important
during growth, for the muscles and tendon’s health.
Iodine is good for the thyroid, skin and respiratory tracts.
Sulfur is also recommended for respiratory tracts.
Natural amber is an excellent complementary healer for numerous infections.
It is soothing for rheumatism problems, arthritis, knee and hip inflammation.
It is the perfect mineral for allergies, especially eczema, asthma and nettle rashes.
Amber must be worn in direct contact with the skin for a long period of time as a bracelet, a pendant or a necklace.
« Purification » is useless, but the amber can be regenerated under the sunlight.
Its amorphous structure enables the stone to be pierced without disrupting its radiation.