These chip necklaces are made from small tumbled pieces of amber which have been strung together on an elastic thread. These are called our 'Light Mix' Baltic Amber necklaces which are a mixture of mostly a very light amber and a slightly darker cognac amber with a few small pieces of a darker cherry amber.
Amber is a lovely light resin which makes these necklaces comfortable and easy to wear. They fasten with two small amber beads that form a screw clasps as can be seen in the picture above.
Size of Necklaces: These necklaces are 18" in total length; most of the chips have a side that is at least 5mm long. Some of the necklaces may vary in size as these are made from natural amber but the quality is always constant. If you would prefer a necklace that has mostly fine or thicker chips please let us know in your extra instructions and we'll do our best to pick one for you. Please note, this depends on the stock that we have in at the time.
Associations & Properties of Amber
Amber is a fossilized tree resin (not sap) that has been widely used for hundreds of years as a healing agent in folk medicine, an ingredient in perfume, cosmetics, and as jewellery. It is often associated as a healing stone and is sometimes called 'The Stone of Liquid Sunshine', it has been popularly used for its calming, balancing and warming energy.
The Legend of Amber
According to Legend, the origins of Baltic Amber date back to a Lithuanian tale about Jurate the Queen of the Sea. The plots varies widely between different versions, however the most popular stories describe Jurate as an underwater Goddess; sometimes known as a Mermaid or Undine who lived in her beautiful amber castle in the Baltic Sea. It is said she ruled the sea and all sea-life, hence her name 'Jura' meaning 'the sea'. She fell in love with Kastytis a handsome fisherman; but Perkunas the Thunder God was angered when he found out that the immortal Goddess had fallen in love with a mortal man and furiously struck the Amber castle. The castle exploded into millions of pieces and it is said that this is why pieces of Amber now come ashore after a storm on the Baltic Sea.
Amber Jewellery Care Notes
When not in use, try to keep your Amber Jewelery in its original packaging or in a velvet pouch to keep it protected. If in need of cleaning, this can be done occasionally with a soft cloth to bring out its natural shine; don't use any harsh cleaning chemicals as this may damage it. Try to avoid using perfume and hairspray when wearing your Amber Jewellery and keep out of direct sunlight; natural amber can dull or discolour over time if exposed to this.
Dictionary Terms Explained
- Sun stone, positivity
Amber is often referred to as the sun stone and has a personality that almost makes you smile when you hold it. Strictly speaking, it's not a crystal, but rather the fossilised resin of trees, which in some cases formed millions of years ago. As such, it has a strong connection with the past, and in larger pieces small insects that last flew a long time ago can sometimes be seen, captured in the resin and preserved forever.
The energy of amber is bright and cheery, so it can be good stone to have around if you need a burst of positivity. The stone is very light so is ideal for jewellery, and unlike other crystals, it isn't cold to touch. Amber has a long history and has been found in the burial sites of ancient peoples - this may be because it was regarded as having purifying properties.