Beaded Necklaces :
Amber Necklaces : Amber Bead Necklace
Amber Bead Necklace - FJ.7282
Location: United States
These genuine antique amber beads are
guaranteed to be over one hundred years old.
Amber, the fossilized resin of extinct trees, is
one of the oldest gems known to man.
Amulets made from it have been found in
tombs dating from the Stone Age. Of rich
color, its electrical properties made it magic to
primitive man and this fascination has
continued to the present day. Widespread
trade in amber began over 9,000 years ago,
when it traveled from the Baltic region to the
palaces and cities of the Ancient
Mediterranean, such as Knossos and Mycenae.
It was believed in Antiquity-- as now-- that
amber could cure numerous ailments and
avert evil or prevent witchcraft. Ancient myths
ascribed its origins to the rays of the setting
sun, cooled in the ocean; to the tears of rare
birds; or to the urine of the lynx. Homer
makes mention of amber in the Odyssey. In
prehistoric times, the resin oozing from trees
sometimes encased insects and other
specimens of natural life. These inclusions are
highly prized today. Amber varies in color from
pale yellow, to rich honey brown, to deep
orange to red. Soothing to the touch as well as
to the eye, it is still one of the most popular
gems after the passage of millennia.