Blue Amber, Ethiopia
Blue Amber from Ethiopia, 2.5 – 3.5 cm
There is not a great deal of blue in these examples.
Blue amber comes from only a few localities – most notably the Dominican Republic; also Chiapas, Mexico, Indonesia, and Ethiopia. It is so named because it reacts with ultraviolet light and fluoresces blue in sunlight, while it appears the normal golden-brown colour range of other amber in artificial light, or when sunlight passes through rather than against it. So far, all blue amber tested has been from the resin of the now extinct tree, Hymenaea protera (bean tree).
|Mineral Classification: Organic|
|Phase of formation: Not Applicable|
|Crystal System: Amorphous|
|Colour: yellow, orange, brown|
|Western Element: Fire|
|Chinese element: Earth|
|Birthstone (Primary): Not Applicable|
|Birthstone (Secondary): Aquarius, Taurus, Cancer|
|Chakra: Sacral, Solar Plexus|