|Composition:||Fossilized tree resin|
|Nomenclature:||The name "amber" is of Arabic origin.|
|Industrial Uses:||Gemstones; ornamental uses; scientific uses.|
|Additional Notes:||Also known by the name succinite. Technically, not a mineral due to its organic composition. Some specimens contain prehistoric plant and animal matter, such as preserved insects; this enhances the amber's esthetic and scientific value. Very convincing fake amber exists which can be difficult to distinguish from genuine amber.|
The stamp shows a natural, unpolished specimen
with an insect inclusion.
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