Rough Amber
Sun Moon and Star Diamonds



Amber was one of the reasons the Emperor Nero opened the trade routes with the Germanic tribes. Famous for her beauty, Empress Poppaea, the wife of Emperor Nero, made amber so popular that women dyed their hair to match its color, described as amber. Copernicus listed amber as an ingredient in his healing cordial. Roman citizens carried amber beads in their hands to cool them during the summer heat (the slight scent of pine generated by rubbing the stone fought off other odors). Roman women played with amber in the same way we might use a -worry-stone- today. This extended contact with amber was believed to promote a youthful look. Amber amulets were worn to enhance fertility and Gladiators sewed pieces of amber into their clothing for success in fighting.