May 7, 2010

Why amber & jet?

Amber, fossilized tree resin, is the oldest "gem" used for adornment & magic. Jet, fossilized coal, is also pretty darn old. Here are two links to descriptions of these splendid substances and why they are traditionally worn by witches: Lady Bridget's take on it, and a nice short entry from 2 Witches.

My own amber necklace simply feels good to wear. It should touch your skin for maximum benefit. Since it's a resin, it is very light, and has nice smoothness; and yet, it doesn't feel at all like plastic. The description "solidified sunlight" gets it right!


  1. Interesting that both are fossilized forms of energy (tree sap and coal)! Thanks for the info!

  2. I don't have any amber, but have been meaning to get some. I really like jet though!

  3. I was given a lovely amber pendant a few years ago for Christmas by Gauis' grandmother with a bit of plant material trapped inside. I've never worn it because I don't have a suitable chain for it, but I do love looking at it :)