Amber Jewelry and its Symbolism in Africa

Amber Jewelry Symbolism

In African jewelry you will often find amber or faux amber amulets, beads, and more. Amber is a very popular color and here's why: Amber has been called "the essence of the rays of the setting sun, congealed in the sea before cast upon the shore". Amber in many cultures, not only in African culture, signifies protection and good luck. It is believed the more generations that have held a piece of amber, the more powerful its protective qualities become. They gain even more power when given as gifts.

What is amber?

Amber is actually fossilized tree resin, so it includes many resins of differing chemical and physical properties. It is transparent to translucent and has a resinous luster. The most commonly seen colors are golden yellow or honey brown.

Amber Bead Necklace

This is a new amber beaded necklace from Kenya.

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