Amber is a fossil resin, a fragile and aromatic gem from deep in the caves of Chiapas. Originating from many different species of trees and plants that populated this Mayan land some 25 to 40 million years ago. From the very first civilizations, supernatural properties were attributed to amber as it was associated with different cults and religious practices. Before the Spanish conquest occurred in the 16th Century, some towns in Mexico and Central America used amber to honor the great warriors who feared neither war nor death.
It was the regions of Simojovel and Totolapa in the state of Chiapas that provided the fossil resin to towns throughout Mesoamérica. In Simojovel the existence of a deep rooted artisan tradition and a prosperous economy was based on commerce of amber resin. Simojovel is located in the region of mountains north of Chiapas, it is a humid, rainy territory, surrounded by steep mountainous areas who's peaks reach up to two thousand meters above sea level. There are dozens of amber deposits located in those mountains, unfortunately alot of the areas were washed away or buried in mud from the 2005 through 2007 hurricanes.
Size: 19mm x 10mm x 7mm
Weight: 1.4 grams
Price: $11.00 usd
Product No. AM050
Size: 17mm x 16.5mm x 5mm
Weight: 1.0 grams
Price: $8.00 usd
Product No. AM059
Amber comes in many different colors from yellow (honey), to cognac, burgundy red, deep blood red, a glowing lime green and the very rare blue resin specimens. They vary in hardness, but most amber is approximately 2.5 on the hardness scale. They sometimes come with inclusions according to its mixture with the earth, leaf, moss debris and insects - which are the most sought after by collectors world wide. Used as adornment, amber protects the indigenous people from "bad vibrations" as well as purifies the spirit, keeps away disease and is used by healers and shamans alike in prehispanic times and today.
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