A Rare Amber

4 years ago

Lot No. :ZG-J-326
Centuries of Style:More than three thousand million years.
Feature:Amber *
Source:Private collection
Status:For sale (POA)
* Amber is fossilized tree resin (not sap), which has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Much valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone, amber is made into a variety of decorative objects. Amber is used as an ingredient in perfumes, and the word was adopted in Middle English in the 14th century as referring to what is now known as ambergris, a solid waxy substance derived from the sperm whale. Amber occurs in a range of different colors. As well as the usual yellow-orange-brown that is associated with the color "amber", amber itself can range from a whitish color through a pale lemon yellow, to brown and almost black. Other uncommon colors include red amber (cherry amber), green amber, and even blue amber, which is rare and highly sought after. Yellow amber is a hard, translucent, yellow, orange, or brown fossil resin from evergreen trees.


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