Amber

 

Legend

“The translucent cyan Amber coming from Lake Mirror is said to be shell fragments of Vornir tears. Making it the most sought out Amber in the world.”

Skjald Ulrich

 

History

Amber is tree resin fossilized and appriciated since the Dark Ages. Its made into a variety of Item and Object decorations. Especially as jewelery but has also been used as a healing agent.

Some Amber is mined through dangerous bell pitting in unsafe tunnels and most often Amber rich areas become conflict zones. Some is illegally mined by organised crime groups, deforesting areas causing severe environmental deterioration.

Cloudy amber may be clarified in an oil-bath, as the oil fills pores to which the turbidity is due. Small fragments, formerly thrown away or used only for varnish, are now used on a large scale in the formation of pressed amber. The pieces are carefully heated with exclusion of air and then compressed into a uniform mass by intense hydraulic pressure, the softened amber being forced through holes in a metal plate. The product is extensively used for the production of cheap jewelry and articles for smoking. Pressed amber yields brilliant interference colors in polarized light.
Skjald Valgrif

Appearance

Amber occurs in a range of colors. As well as the usual yellow-orange-brown it can range from whitish through a pale lemon yellow, to brown and almost black. Other uncommon colors include red, green, and even blue.

Yellow amber is a hard fossil resin from evergreen trees, and despite the name it can be translucent, yellow, orange, or brown colored.  The resin’s most popular use is, however, for ornamentation—easily cut and polished, it could be transformed into beautiful jewelry. Much of the most highly prized amber is transparent, in contrast to the very common cloudy amber and opaque amber. Opaque amber contains numerous minute bubbles.

Skjald Sigurd

 

Cartography

Amber is globally distributed, mainly in rocks which are mined or washing ashore as pieces of amber torn from the seafloor are cast up by the waves and collected by hand, dredging, or diving. Dirt and an opaque crust must be cleaned off, which can be done in revolving barrels with sand and water. Erosion removes this crust from sea-worn amber.

Skjald Vinotis

 

Organisation

Fundamentally theres two sorts of Amber, coming from plant resin. The composition of these resins is highly variable, as each species produces a unique blend.

Skjald El Mary

 

Special

When gradually heated in an oil-bath, it becomes soft. Heated pieces may be united by smearing the surfaces with linseed oil, and then pressing them together.

Skjald Sejrik

Last Updated on 2022-05-11 by IoM-Christian