Warm to the touch and often containing insect fragments it was believed to contain the very essence of life itself – the animating principle. It had associations with time, cycles and longevity. As it once was a living substance, it is related to spirit. Slavic tribes thought amber magical because of its warm feel, its lightness and luster. Some believed amber was the petrified tears of gods.
Amber amulets were worn as protection from diseases and against being killed in a battle. People believed that amber “pulled out” a disease from the body and “attracted” good luck – in the same way as it attracts small objects if you slightly rub it. It was believed that amber adornments averted misfortune, kept its owner safe from black magic, cast out devils, guarded one from the evil eye, brought luck in love, and made it’s owner stronger and cleverer. An amber necklace was placed on children to prevent kidnapping as it extends general protection to the wearer, especially children. Beaded amber necklaces are still a traditional gift for a child.
As amber is often harvested from the sea it is also associated with fertility, life and catharsis. It is alleged to relieve depression, anxiety, and promotes joy. In Latvia, bands of amber rings were used in wedding ceremonies to ensure an eternal bond. Today, amber represents renewed fidelity in marriage.
Some believed that eagles would place pieces of amber in their nests to protect them from snakes. Lumps of amber were blessed in church on the Epiphany and then used as incense. On Midsummer’s Night on the 23/24 of June (which is the shortest night of the year), and thought to have extraordinary activity of evil forces, people incensed their houses and cow-sheds to cast out evil spirits and so that witches would not harm their livestock.
A Lithuanian legend says that all the amber that is found in the Baltic sea was once part of the palace of the Queen of the Sea Juratė who fell in love with a fisherman. Perkūnas destroyed her amber palace to punish her for indiscretion and the bits of rubble wash up on the shore even today. In another version, Perkūnas killed her lover, Kastytis and she mourns him to this day, her teardrops are amber.
In present day, medicines containing Succinic Acid have been manufactured and patented, especially in the USA and Russia. Of particular value are pharmaceuticals preventing the aging of human cells, which use succinic acid as an inhibitor (an agent slowing down or totally stopping the loss of) of potassim ions and an antioxidant. Therefore, the acid may be called a scientifically described, modern elixir of youth. Succinic acid is also a valuable product for sportspeople. It is not a stimulant improving one’s effort on a single event basis, but rather a stimulator of a balanced, comprehensive development. Dr. Veniamin Khazanov of the RAS’ Institute of Pharmacology at the Tomsk Scientific Center wrote: “For aged people, succinic acid has proved to be indispensable. It is capable of restoring the energy balance at the cellular level, which is often upset as the years go by, and helps the patient regain his youthful energy.” He says also that it has proven the equal or better of many commercial drugs and is significantly less expensive. Further, research at the University of Hamburg, Germany confirms the safe and positive effects of succinic and fumaric acids in cellular metabolism.
Natural Baltic Amber has unique properties unlike any other amber in the world because it contains Succinic Acid which is a is a bio-stimulant and has been used for ages to promote healing.
You will receive 1 random necklace strand hence the price reduction // I have many beautiful Baltic Amber necklaces, which one will choose you? Your piece will intuitively be chosen for you. If you do have a colour preference leave me a note on checkout and I will do my best to accommodate you.
Approx 18 inches from clasp to clasp.