Moments later, as if on cue José walks up and does indeed have Amber, just not on him. But he can go home to get some. "oh cool, ok, how long?" "3 hours." 3 hours???? I'm waiting for the 'just kidding' line but boyfriend was straight up serious, he lived 1-1/2 hours outside of Bogotá. So there was to be no Amber for the BirdGirl this day, but true to his word, on Thursday he had some bee-YOO-ti-ful pieces and it was soooooo hard to choose!!!
You may say, 'OHMYGAWD BIRD! YOU BOUGHT AMBER GEMSTONES ON THE STREET????!!!!' And I'd say, 'Eee-YUP!' You'd retort, 'HOW DO YOU KNOW IT'S REAL????!!!! You yourself wrote a post called Oh, Those GemStone Shysters! how can you justify buying on the streets, you know some sell people plastic Amber ripoffs!!!!! You took a HUGE chance!!' And I would giggle and say 'nahhh.' 1st off, Amber is not a Gemstone but fossilized tree resin and it is very soft--about a 2-2.5 on a scale of 10 [with Diamond being the hardest at 10, Quartz is 7]. Ranging in color from shades of yellow to brown to reddish brown, it can contain bits of plant material and/or fossil insects which can date as far back as 120 MILLION years. But here's where it gets dicey--there is Amber that is classified in some circles as "Colombian Copal." The distinction being for it to be true Amber, it must be at least 100,000+ years and that "Colombian Copal" is less than 1000. Hmm...I dunno, I did some more research which basically says that the Amber vs. Copal stuff is a commercial ploy perpetrated by the sellers of Baltic and Dominican Amber--that the distinction "is lost on many geologists and paleontologists who are aware that scientific data is unavailable to determine the age of fossil resins from this region. The consensus age estimate seems to be Pleistocene [up to 2 million years old] but estimates range to the Lower Miocene [about 20 million years old]" [http://www.fossilmall.com/Science/FossilAmber.htm if you want more info on this]. I also read the word 'Copal' is Aztec and was used for all resins with no distinction. I mean really, the only way to have an idea on age is to get it tested.
'But Bird,' you say, 'that's all cute and all but let's back up--YOU BOUGHT THE STUFF ON THE STREET, HOW DO YA KNOW IT'S REAL????!!!!! Amber, like Clear Quartz, exhibits the piezoelectric property and by rubbing it with silk, wool or between your hands [in some cases, quite vigorously] it will attract tissues. [Quoting Wikipedia here: Piezoelectricity is the electric charge that accumulates in certain solid materials (such as crystals, certain ceramics, and biological matter such as bone, DNA and various proteins) in response to applied mechanical stress. The word piezoelectricity means electricity resulting from pressure. It is derived from the Greek piezo or piezein, which means to squeeze or press, and electric or electron, which means amber, an ancient source of electric charge. Piezoelectricity was discovered in 1880 by French physicists Jacques and Pierre Curie].
And rubbing it to see it slightly pull a tissue is fun too lol! The Amber José gets comes from the department [state] of Caquetá in the Amazonas region, south of Bogotá.
Amber's properties are Light, Warmth, Solar Energies, Clarification, Healing. It is said to be a purifier, cleanser, and a protector, particularly when paired with Jet; can stimulate Prosperity when paired with Prosperity Stones like Tsavorite [a Green Garnet], Yellow Sapphire, or Moldavite. I don't see Amber too often in my neck of the "Concrete Jungle" and was very happy to find such beautiful specimens in my travels :-)
|José, my Amber Connection|
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