Tuesday, August 6, 2013

AMBER: One of the stones on special in August

The Greek name for amber was ἤλεκτρον (elektron), "formed by the sun", and it was connected to the sun god (Helios)According to the myth, when Helios' son Phaëton was killed, his mourning sisters became poplars, and their tears beca...me the origin of elektron, amber. The modern terms "electricity" and "electron" derive from the Greek word for amber, and come from research showing that amber could attract other substances
The presence of insects in amber was noticed by Pliny the Elder in his Naturalis Historia, and led him to theorize correctly that, at some point, amber had to be in a liquid state to cover the bodies of insects.
Amber from the Baltic Sea has been extensively traded for 2000 years. Well-established trade routes for amber went to virtually every corner of Europe.
Pictured normally $72, this month just $64.

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