Amber

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Folklore

The name Amber derives from the Arabians who called it ‘Anbar’. It has also been named, ‘Gold of the North, Stone of Victory, Sun Stone and Adornment of the Daughters of Rome.

The Greeks gave it the name ‘Electrum’ (sun made) and this gave rise to the word ‘electricity’ as Amber was found to produce an electromagnetic charge when rubbed.

Amber was considered by the Romans and Greeks to have magical and healing properties and so was used to treat asthma, rheumatism and digestive problems. It was thought that Amber brought good luck and protected against enemies and sickness and witchcraft. Hippocrates stated that Amber helped in the treatment of delirium and over the centuries the perceived healing powers of Amber have included epilepsy, the plague, jaundice, kidney and gall bladder complaints. It has also been thought to act as an aphrodisiac and also to accelerate birth.

Mohammed felt that prayer beads should be made of Amber and more recently, Martin Luther carried amber with him as a protection against kidney stones.