Style Snapshot: Amber Style Snapshot: Amber
by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Right in line with this season's color forecasts and increasing demand for organic and natural products, designers are turning to amber jewelry for glowing statements. Found in fine jewelry, fashion jewelry and everything in between, amber is making brilliant appearances in cutting-edge designs.

Double-Strand Bracelet with Baltic Amber Gemstone Beads, Andalusite Gemstone Beads and Sterling Silver Beads Amber is lightweight, only looks expensive and each piece is truly an original creation, making it a great choice for one-of-a-kind jewelry designs. This season's on-trend amber pieces include multi-strand and thick collar necklaces, chunky bracelets and large chandelier-style earrings. Read on for design tips and additional resources for all things amber.

Amber's honey-like appearance offers a window into the distant past, adding historical intrigue to jewelry designs. Formed from fossilized pine resin millions of years in the making, amber encapsulates plant, animal and insect materials, including strands of DNA. Amber is one of only a handful of gems with a vegetative origin and is found in a wide variety of colors and translucencies, making each piece completely unique. This prehistoric pine tree resin has been prized, traded and crafted in jewelry and art since antiquity and made its Hollywood appearance in the movie, Jurassic Park.

Historically worshipped as a piece of sun fallen to the Earth, amber is commonly referred to as "sunshine" or the "golden gem." Amber has long been worn to promote luck, protection and healing. The next best thing to bottled sunshine, amber exudes sunny colors, a delicate pine-tree fragrance when heated, stores static electricity and is warm to the skin. Brightening fashion and moods, amber jewelry is a perfect year-round addition to any wardrobe.

Shop a wide selection of amber, including the highly sought after Baltic amber, in chips, nuggets, drops and beads for many different style options. Create this on-trend look with imitation amber beads as well, perfect for travel and beach-ready jewelry. Mix amber with silver beads, chain and components or leather cord for an eye-pleasing combination. Amber jewelry is striking against black, white and earth-tone clothing, adding warmth and intriguing detail.

Earrings with Amber Gemstone Beads and Sterling Silver Jumprings and Drops The natural color variations found in amber beads make this a gemstone that can truly stand on its own, displaying color depth and visual interest in jewelry. Amber also pairs beautifully with shades of black and grey, such as black onyx and black silk stone gemstone beads. Other options include light grey opal, jet and greige Swarovski crystal and crystal black and grey Swarovski pearls. Create an unexpected, but equally stunning combination, by adding amber to complementary shades of blue and purple. Amethyst, sapphire and lapis lazuli gemstone beads are stunning with amber. And purple velvet, sapphire and amethyst Swarovski crystal and crystal lapis Swarovski pearls are great choices too. View gemstones, Swarovski crystal and Swarovski pearls by color for easy color selection and pairing.

Browse more amber jewelry designs for bright ideas and creative inspiration for upcoming jewelry projects. Looking for finished jewelry? Don't miss the selection of amber-inspired finished jewelry for quick sales and fun gifts.

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