Raw amber necklaces have been showing up on social media for the past few years. They are not only stylish and beautiful, they actually have practical benefits. I wear my raw amber necklace everyday and I frequently receive questions about it. What is it? Why do I wear it? In order to answer these questions, I have created a frequently asked questions section. Let's take a closer look at the questions I most often receive about my raw amber necklace.
What is amber?
First, people often want to know what my necklace is made from. My raw amber necklace is made from raw Amber. Amber is fossilized tree resin which has been fossilized over millions of years; it can take anywhere from two to ten million years for amber to fossilize.
Is amber a gemstone like a diamond or ruby?
Amber is frequently used for jewelry, which has led many people to believe it is similar to a gemstone like a diamond or Ruby. However, Amber is not a gemstone at all. Fossilized tree resin is not the same as a mineral such as a diamond.
How are raw amber necklaces made?
Raw amber necklaces are made by first harvesting the amber in its pure, raw form. Then, the harvested amber is cleaned and carefully shaped until it forms beads. These beads are strung together to make a necklace and sold to consumers.
Why do I wear my raw amber necklace?
In addition to wearing my amber necklace because I love the look of it, I wear it for a very practical reason: pain relief. Yes, raw amber necklaces can really provide pain relief! You may be familiar with the concept of amber teething necklaces. These necklaces are used to treat teething pain and infants. However, the pain relief properties of amber are not limited to teething pain.
How do raw amber necklaces provide pain relief?
Amber provides pain relief through a compound called succinic acid. Succinic acid is a naturally occurring compound which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Succinic acid is contained within the amber; when the amber beads are worn against my skin, my body heat warms them up and releases a very trace amount of oil. This oil contains succinic acid, which is then absorbed into my body, where it reduces inflammation.
Because the amber treats inflammation, it is actually treating my pain at its source. This makes it highly effective for pain relief. I personally use it for arthritis pain relief, but it can be used to treat any pain which comes from inflammation.
Are raw amber necklaces safe to wear?
Yes! Raw amber necklaces are perfectly safe to wear. There are no known side effects to wearing raw amber necklaces. You will want to regularly inspect your necklace to make sure that the beads are not loose, as you won’t want the necklace to fall apart. If you have children or infants in the home, make sure to keep the necklace out of reach; as with any jewelry, the beads can present a choking hazard if placed in the mouth.