Not really a stone but treated like a gem, amber is too soft to facet like diamonds, rubies, and other gemstones, which why it’s usually polished into beads and cabochons or carved into cameos. Because this fossilized tree sap softens when heated, small chunks of the material can be pressed together to form “Ambroid,” which is often dyed to correct color irregularities. That said, irregularities are what make amber pendants and rings so...Continue Reading