Phaeton, the son of Phoebus Apollo the Sun God, asked his father to drive the Sun Chariot pulled by wild horses. For a time his travels went well, then suddenly the horses bolted and the chariot came to close to the Earth, setting it ablaze.
Zeus, in an gesture to save the earth, struck Phaeton dead with a lightning bolt. Phaeton’s body fell into the River Eridanus. The nymphs of the stream pulled his body from the stream and buried him on the river bank.
After a time his three sisters, the Heliades (aka Electrides), came in search of the grave. When they found it, they vowed to stay with their dead brother and wept day and night. Their wasting bodies took root and became covered with the bark of the surrounding trees. Their arms turned to branches and eventually, the three were transformed into trees. Their tears continued to flow, and as they hardened in the sun, turned to amber…
As the myth illustrates, while often considered a gemstone, glowing, warm amber is not a stone, but a fossilized resin from ancient evergreen trees.
(From “The Spruce”)
Amber was considered the “soul of the tiger” in Asian cultures and regarded as the stone of courage. It is also believed that amber:
Attracts good luck.
Relieves a headache.
Clears the mind.
Dissolves negative energy.
Helps develop patience and wisdom.
Here it’s featured in a wire wrapped, adjustable ring. The 10 X 14 mm high-dome cab is nested in a bed of 20 gauge, silver-filled wire, supported by a handmade, wrap style band that adjusts from a ladies size 5 to 8 with a gentle squeeze.
$41.00 plus shipping. Available in the Etsy Shop.