Heirloom Burmite Amber Graduated Bead Strand
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- Heirloom Burmite Amber Graduated Bead Strand
- Once thought to be about the same age as Mexican Amber, it was recently realized that Burmite Amber is much older, at least 100 million years old, which means that it was formed during the Cretaceous Period. Possibly because of its age, Burmite Amber is harder than other Ambers.
- Amber is the fossilized sap of extinct trees that can be found in the temperate and subtropical forests some 60 to 100 million years ago. For unknown reasons, these trees produced excessive amounts of sap. The overproduction of sap may have been natural, and was the trees' own way of healing natural damage or injuries caused by storms, lightning, pests or disease, or sudden changes in climate. Sap ran down from the trees and gathered on the forest floors, becoming embedded with local sediments and compressed by overlying deposits. Over enormous periods of time and pressure, these hardened Amber deposits/ beds became fossilized.
- Amber can be golden clear to deep cognac colors, but most of the material displays swirls of color, which, under magnification, prove to be made up of minute dots of naturally occurring color due organic elements trapped inside the Amber flow as it was hardening or forming.
- Burmite Amber has a soft fluorescence in sunlight. However, under a UV lamp, Burmite Amber surfaces display a strong fluorescence in an almost mid-blue color - much darker than Baltic Amber.
- Historically, Amber has been used as an ingredient in perfumes, as a healing agent in folk medicine, and as a highly valued component in jewelry as early as the Neolithic era. Early physicians prescribed Amber for headaches and heart problems. Historical accounts say that Burmite Amber made its way to the Roman Empire via the Silk Road in China as early as the first century AD. In common folklore, it is believed to absorb pain and disease especially of the throat and head, and dispel negative energy. Amber is thought to improve mood and attract love.
- Graduated beads range from 8mm - 13mm in size
- Strand length approx. 28"
- The beads are in the original configuration as they were found years ago in Yunnan, China.