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Sophie
10-02-2008, 05:54
I have recently started to work with amber and jet (although work is a big word: I wear a necklace, earrings and bracelet, think about them, admire them a lot and try and hear what they they have to say, as much as these two can speak. It beats real work ;))

I remember reading on this forum that amber and jet together made a "witch's protection" - I think it was Sharpchick who mentioned that. Neither of them are stones at all - amber is fossilised resin - it sometimes has insects trapped in it, hundreds of thousands of years old - and jet is fossilised wood. So they are somewhere between the organic and the mineral kingdom (and the animal, if you take the insects, though I don't have any of that sort of amber - beyond my price range!). Jet is said to protect and manifest, and was always used as a talisman. It's said to stabilise finances, and moods. Amber is, of course, linked to Freya, who slept with an entire household of dwarves for her famous amber and gold necklace. Nothing like dedication to one's jewellery, I say :D. Its associations are very sunny - in keeping with its golden colour - the Crystal Bible says it transmutes negative energies in the body into positive, brings more energy, helps to motivate and to link one's goals with the drive to achieve them (it certainly had that effect on Freya!), encourages decision-making and finding one's direction, and promotes a sunny disposition (can you tell?). All good, yay! I can see how these two work together - but for far more than protection. Amber to help find one's way cheerfully, jet to protect that path and smooth finances and moods on the way...

At any rate, I feel light-hearted, calm, sunny and I've not been spending recklessly, so... :D. Oh - and I am setting a course for myself I feel happy with, which after a long time of feeling some roads had been closed to me, is a good change.

I love it that my set has bees on it, because Bee is a special guide/ power animal for me. She has always been my directions/decisions power animal. It was so appropriate. But strangely, I've worn the set very little until recently. Until I did a little burning ritual a couple of days ago, getting rid of old negative contracts, I wasn't ready. I was in suspension. Now I am - and how!


What is your experience with these two, together or apart. Doesn't have to be metaphysical - I'm interested in all your stories.

Lillie
10-02-2008, 06:00
I got some beads and made myself an amber and jet bracelet.
It's nice.
The colours look good together.

Also I have found Jet on a beach up Whitby way.

Good stuff, Whitby Jet.

I keep meaning to carve it into something.

And I have an amber sphere on a necklace. That has things in it, like seeds or something.

I like it, but I don't know what to say about it.

Jet is damn expensive.

Sophie
10-02-2008, 06:08
Jet is expensive! So you were lucky to find some. Maybe you can help it make babies... The Crystal Bible says you can put it in your purse or your finances corner. I don't know where the finances corner is, but a little jet bead would slip easily in a purse.

Given the quality of your work, Lillie, I can only imagine your bracelet looks gorgeous. I hope you carve something in that Whitby Jet (and Whitby, especially - that's almost too perfect!). Any idea what you'd like to carve? A bat? ;)

Lillie
10-02-2008, 06:15
The bracelet is nothing more than round jet beads interspersed with amber chips on a bit of elastic...

No artistic ability needed.

I got that Jet from abroad. It cost me more than I expected because I got stung from customs....

Whitby is the only place in Britain where it's found, so yeah, we were lucky to find some, it had been brought up by a storm and the tide was out...

I was thinking of carving something very simple, especially as these are all quite small pieces.
I was thinking of a scarab, make a little oval dome and carve the shape into the back.
Simple enough for a non carver to try!

Master_Margarita
10-02-2008, 06:22
I have always been drawn to amber. I purchased an amber necklace in Riga many years ago that was the only piece of jewelry not stolen from me in a home burglary some years ago (silly thieves didn't know its value). A few years ago my husband brought me an elaborate amber choker with light and dark beads that he had found in Moscow, and that comprises my amber collection.

I find that the choker in particular gives me a feeling that my throat chakra is protected, particularly when I need to speak hard truths. I am also somewhat prone to laryngitis when I catch cold, and my highly subjective impression is that wearing the amber has lessened that tendency. Even if this is a placebo effect, what works, works.

I had never heard anything about amber and jet working together. I might qualify as a witch under some definitions, so perhaps I should find a jet bead or two to work into my choker.

:heart: M_M~

Lillie
10-02-2008, 06:28
I should have said that over many years and from many places I have heard that Amber and Jet together are witches stones and provide protection.

They were used together in the british stoneage.
They are found as grave goods.

ravenest
11-02-2008, 12:23
I was thinking of a scarab, make a little oval dome and carve the shape into the back.


I believe that jet would make a perfect medium for a representation of Keph-Ra (scarab) - blackness, protection, midnight, the underworld, grave goods ... yeah.

Sophie
12-02-2008, 00:14
Anybody has any idea how to cleanse amber and jet?

HearthCricket
12-02-2008, 00:31
Both amber and jet were quite popular stones/fossil to have as jewelry pieces during the Victorian age. Jet was the most popular stone used during mourning periods and almost the only jewelry that would be acceptable to wear during that time. Jet beaded purses and shawls were also popular. Amber was desired for its beauty and warm glow. Interesting how you have the black and orange/yellow colours-Halloween! My mother almost named me Amber because I have amber eyes. The pieces that have insects stuck in the amber (sap that drips from trees, catching insects and bark, etc. and then fossilizing) were preferred and those with spiders trapped inside were considered especially powerful.

Amber is porous so I would be very careful in any cleaning, unless it is highly polish and even then. Just lukewarm or cool, but not cold, water. Not sure about jet. But some types of jet are more fragile than others.

You might enjoy this article, too. :)

http://www.ladybridget.com/w/amberjet.html

Sophie
12-02-2008, 01:00
Jet beaded purses, yes! My great-grandmother had one of those, I hear. Very elegant. In the 1920s, my nana received from her father a jet-beaded dress from Paris, edged in black feathers! To this day, I wish she had kept it. What a prize, eh?

Thank you for the cleaning advice, HC, and for the link.

I have this fantasy of owning a piece of amber with a bee inside it, one of my power animals.

Lillie
12-02-2008, 04:13
You have to watch out.

A lot of jet isn't real jet, fossilised stuff.

French Jet is black glass.

You also get stuff like vulcanite.

This was because jet was so popular in the victorian times, and it was hard to get.

In Britain it was only got at Whitby, so there was loads of other stuff used to fake it.

HearthCricket
12-02-2008, 04:33
Thank you for the cleaning advice, HC, and for the link.

I have this fantasy of owning a piece of amber with a bee inside it, one of my power animals.

Then you might want to keep your eye out on this site for something on that idea!

http://www.ambericawest.com/copal_jewelry.html

Sophie
12-02-2008, 19:48
Interesting site - lots of bugs! What's the difference between amber and copal?

Guiding Cauldron
12-02-2008, 20:25
hi everyone, love this topic. I own a piece of amber, its gorgeous and reminds me of solid golden honey. It defiently helps me to release negativity. My hubby was dragging me out with him to a job site the other day and honestly i did not want to go to a job site! But before i left i was drawn to grab my amber and place in my jeans pocket. I had a stressfree and blissful day :)

Jet is goregoues and a very protective stone, yet good jet is extremely rare. I'm not a big fan of wearing black jewlery though.

I keep my amber in my crystal bowl and it revitalizes and cleanses magnificently in the sunlight hours by my bedroom window. When dusty usually use a quick damp cool cloth will do the trick. I know its poroues but it seems to enjoy the drink on occassion :)

Furnacechant
13-02-2008, 02:57
Interesting site - lots of bugs! What's the difference between amber and copal?


As I understand it---About a million years. Amber has been around a lot longer and hardened a lot more, whereas copal is from comparatively modern trees, anything up to a few centuries, and is therefore probably less durable.

Edit: I also see that it tends to be a slightly paler color.

ravenest
13-02-2008, 10:13
I have this fantasy of owning a piece of amber with a bee inside it, one of my power animals.

Now that would be one amazing score! Only seen pics of them (and ones with mozzies and water bubbles - v.expensive.

Sophie
13-02-2008, 21:10
Now that would be one amazing score! Only seen pics of them (and ones with mozzies and water bubbles - v.expensive.I know, on both counts! My only option is for my ship to come in or to find a sugar daddy :D . I'd bug him for a bug!

Bees, being black and gold, are well represented by amber and jet.

I really find that combination fascinating - night and day, sun and moon, life and death - and yet both are protective and encourage growth. Interesting! And so light... especially as jewellery, that makes it a valuable combo. Funny how such lightness can be so charged in qualities and meaning...

I read that jet takes on the energy of the wearer, and so old jet must be cleansed with great care. What is your experience of that?

Lillie
13-02-2008, 23:35
I know one place where you can get a bee in amber for not much.

But.....

It's a modern bee encased in 50% real baltic amber and 50% synthetic amber.

There is a long, long tradition of putting fake flies in fake amber.
They were doing it at least as far back as victorian times.

How old are bees?
If bees weren't around when amber was forming, then any bee in amber is automatically fake.

If you touch a hot needle to amber it ought to smell of incense or perfume.

Sophie
14-02-2008, 00:45
Bees appeared during the mid-Cretaceous, about 130 million years ago, at the same time as flowering plants, which they pollinate. I think amber is younger than that.

Lillie
14-02-2008, 09:54
should be possible to get a genuine one then.

But I expect it will cost.

sharpchick
14-02-2008, 11:54
I have a necklace that I've made which combines the two. I wear that necklace when I am going to be in situations where I feel I need the protective qualities of the two stones combined. All I can say is that it works.

On one occasion when I was wearing it, we had very stormy weather - car wrecks everywhere, according to the radio news. I was on the interstate not far from the city where I work, in bumper to bumper traffic when some driver decided no one was going fast enough. He had come from behind, on my left, and decided to cut in two cars in front of me. Brake lights all around. . . the car he whipped in front of rear-ended him, the car behind did likewise to the car in front of it. I was next.

Something took my steering wheel and pulled to the right. I say something, because to my right was a ravine with a short guardrail in front of it, and I don't see myself steering toward that. My anti-lock brakes worked superbly, even while the car behind me was rear-ending the car in front of me.

There was no damage to my car, even though I was up against the guardrail. I stayed to give a witness report to the police when they arrived.

(I also used silver in my necklace. I like the feminine energy of silver.)

Lillie
15-02-2008, 09:26
This is my very unimaginative bracelet.

It's the third one along.

And yes, it is my hairy arm they are on.

ravenest
15-02-2008, 09:39
I can see why amber and jet makes such a good combination.

Lillie
15-02-2008, 09:43
yeah. The colours really seem to go together.

Sophie
15-02-2008, 17:40
Sharpchick, that's an amazing story! Do you think that combination attracts helpful and protective energies then?

Having been wearing my amber and jet necklace and bracelet daily since the day before I first posted this thread, I can say that I've been more focussed, more light-hearted than I'd be before and less phased by troubling, emotional events (a couple of personal ones occurred recently) than I would normally be. I can't put my finger on it exactly... despite it being the time of the month I just feel more balanced and in my own skin. I have been doing exercises with that intent, so I think the amber and jet have combined with the work I'm doing. I feel solid, cheerful, secure and protected, but not in anyway locked in or shielded by impassable forces.

Lillie - it's a pretty bracelet, don't put it down (and you should see my monkey arm :D).

sharpchick
15-02-2008, 23:53
Both of the "stones" can help you access the akashic record, because both of them have origins in once living things. I think that, combined with the intent of the wearer, make for some of the best protection I can get in gemstones. I always ask the Ancients for guidance, wisdom and protection in my prayers and for me, amber and jet represent the accumulated wisdom of the ages.

And to be honest, when I first strung my own necklace, the protection I was looking for was more along the lines of protection against negative energy and intent during business meetings I have for my clients - they can get very intense, and cliche as it sounds, people are out to "get" the clients I represent.

But as I sat on the side of the road that day, waiting for the police to arrive, I thought about the intent that must have been in the young man's mind who caused the chain reaction accident. He admitted that he was in a bad mood and in a hurry, seeing the other drivers as something in his way, and became very apologetic as several people, including some folks who stopped to help, asked him why he was driving so dangerously given the weather.

It was quite an interesting lesson for me - ask and you shall receive. I know I did not consciously steer my car out of danger.

Sophie
17-02-2008, 07:04
amber and jet represent the accumulated wisdom of the ages.I think, because they come from trees... there is something about trees that is very close to us, viscerally. Perhaps it's the carbon?

I love stones, I always have. They feel solid and secure, something to place your feet on. But these fossils that come from trees have a completely different type of energy - more like family (extended family :D).

Perhaps that is why they protect us so well. Somewhere in the old memory, we are connected more closely to amber and jet than we are to quartz, as fabulous as quartz is.

ravenest
25-02-2008, 10:36
Here's one for you Fudu. I was watching 'The Collectors' ABC TV show and they had a guys mineral and crystal collection on. It was a SERIOUS collection - amazing pieces, now been donated to the Bathurst Museum (I'm going there!) including an amber collection with a section of critters trapped in amber ... including a gecko (lizard)!

MCsea
25-02-2008, 18:47
Hi - I LOVE this thread
I love Amber and Jet
I have a big piece of real jet and a real piece of amber (russian airloom) and together being worn - BAM! too much for me - but sitting within the same space they are beautiful..

blessings

MARINA

ravenest
26-02-2008, 10:54
Do you live anywhere near Bathurst Marina? Ohhh, it's far away from me ... I wanna go and check out this collection (last one like that I saw was the 'new' one at Aust. Museum in Sydney, another donated private collection).

sharpchick
26-02-2008, 11:36
Here's one for you Fudu. I was watching 'The Collectors' ABC TV show and they had a guys mineral and crystal collection on. It was a SERIOUS collection - amazing pieces, now been donated to the Bathurst Museum (I'm going there!) including an amber collection with a section of critters trapped in amber ... including a gecko (lizard)!

Is this the amber?

ravenest
26-02-2008, 13:26
I dont think so ... although hard to tell from the above photo (which seems part of a photo or part of the sample ? The one on TV seemed to be spread out more, the legs splayed as if in a walking motion, it was filmed from above and the piece of amber seemed to be largeer.

ravenest
26-02-2008, 13:35
Found their site ....
http://www.somervillecollection.com.au/
follow navigation directions to pics .... couldnt spot the gekko though (no time, at work and the boss just got back from lunch ;) )

sharpchick
26-02-2008, 22:13
Omigosh - here is it is:

Gecko in Amber (http://www.somervillecollection.com.au/gallery.html)

ravenest
27-02-2008, 08:20
Prob hidden in there somewhere but I cant find it ... where?

autumnsdaughter
27-02-2008, 08:25
Click on fossils- the last picture in that section is of the gecko in amber. Pretty amazing, I wonder if it were cracked open how well the gecko is preserved? Unbelievable.

sharpchick
27-02-2008, 08:40
I'll see if I can attach it.

Isn't that just incredible?

Good catch, Ravenest.

Sophie
27-02-2008, 09:03
Extraordinary! Thanks Sharpchick and Ravenest for suggesting the collection. This gecko in amber is - how many millions of years old? I feel very humble looking at it...

sharpchick
27-02-2008, 09:11
I can't recall exactly but seem to remember this came from the Ecocene era? That would be at least 45 million years ago.

Imagine the ancient wisdom within. . .

ravenest
27-02-2008, 09:34
I'm gonna go and check him out with my live eyeball when I get the chance. There is also a spider in amber (first fossil pic).

sharpchick
27-02-2008, 09:47
I'm gonna go and check him out with my live eyeball when I get the chance. . . .

Lucky guy. Make sure to tell us about it.

MCsea
27-02-2008, 18:38
Do you live anywhere near Bathurst Marina? Ohhh, it's far away from me ... I wanna go and check out this collection (last one like that I saw was the 'new' one at Aust. Museum in Sydney, another donated private collection).

IM not too far from Bathurst - I have seen the Aust Museum in Sydney - yummm
I have been to the old Orange museum - rock and crystals but not Bathurst - yet but i do purchase some of the crystals they have for sale on e-bay...

:)