Tiny Dancer Pendant, Mosquito Trapped in Amber.
Beaded with Citrine and Quartz, Wire Wrapped by Deborah Leigh Givens of Tronic Rocks in 14K Rose Gold filled and sterling silver.
To find mosquito’s in amber is a VERY rare occurrence. Mosquito’s are not attracted to the aromatic compounds found in resin (amber). Which means they have no reason to find themselves trapped in that sticky resin from the tree. Gnats and such are attracted to the resin, but not mosquito’s. As generally known, mosquito’s are attracted by a mammalian scent – not the chemical aroma of a tree.
“Jurassic Park” built on the idea of extracting DNA from the bellies of mosquitoes preserved in amber. While this might seem possible at first glance, it’s highly unlikely that scientists could find usable dinosaur DNA in mosquito fossils. Scientists would need a very specific specimen — a female mosquito that had consumed lots of dinosaur blood immediately before landing in tree resin. Since fossilization in amber is a relatively rare event, the chances of this happening are pretty small.
Fossil Resin is the proper terminology for what has commonly been called amber, and is, as the proper name denotes, fossilized resin of botanical origin. The common word amber has numerous other usages, such an orangish-yellow color, a type of ale, a kidnapping alert system, and many, many more. Fossil resin reflects many frequencies of light, including red, green and blue, thus spanning the entire visible spectrum. Archeological findings show that prehistoric humans used fossil resin for ornamentation as far back as 30,000 years ago. Use of fossil resin for jewelry and other decoration constitutes a large industry, and fossil resin is often considered as a gemstone.
Amber is ancient, organic material, such as the sap of pine trees, that is fossilized. The ancient Greek word for Amber is Elektron meaning Sun, and, besides its usual golden color, Amber is known to produce an electric charge when rubbed.
Amber can vary in color from yellow or gold to brown and even red and can be opaque or milky to clear. It is not uncommon for Amber to contain bits of plant, or even animal matter and be as old as 120 million years!
Amber was well known and used for jewelry in Ancient Egypt, Crete and it native Baltic regions.
In Greek mythology, upon hearing of His death, the tears of the sisters of Helios, and ancient Sun god, were tuirned to amber.
Amber creates a very familiar and friendly sense of warmth, well being and energy to its wearer. Probably because it is derived of organic life, much like our own.
Because of these gentle warming energies, and it sense of strength and reassurance, Amber is highly recommended for anyone who is sick or injured, or anyone convalescing after a long illness. It activates the life force and allows one to see one’s path to recovery with a more sunny outlook.
Amber is thought to have healing properties due to its high succinic acid content. Of all types of amber, Baltic amber contains the most succinic acid, which makes it the most valued. Another reason amber is thought to have healing properties is due to the fact that samples contain the essence of life (DNA material), dating back millions of years. It is believed that amber facilitates and transmits healing energy and psychic activity. Here are some aspects of amber’s metaphysical properties:
Magnet-like qualities, electric.
Attracts spiritual forces.
Facilitates family bonding.
Brings soul mate.
Brings success/good fortune.
Promotes humor and adaptability.
Helps with judicial matters.
Enhances artistic qualities.
Helps overcome obstacles.
Relieves grief and melancholy.
Brings greater awareness of inner self.
Provides strength and conveys harmony.