January 12, 2012

Eocene Stone.

My Amber
Ever since I was a little girl, I found amber to be a fascinating stone. Admiring the jewelry worn by my mother and grandmother, I was spellbound by the golden colour and the imperfect texture, with all its small inclusions and trapped life forms of the Eocene period. It reminded me of a time capsule, as it preserved moments of the past forever.

Today I too have in my possession purchased amber jewelry, yet it has been my wish ever since Scandinavia became my home, to find raw amber on the beach.
I never did.

Me And My Find
Having recently moved to the westbound shores of the wild North Sea, I finally got my childhood wish granted. As we took a stroll along the surf on Christmas day, after a night of strong winds, glancing casually down, I suddenly spotted a large stone below my feet. After having picked up so many brown coloured stones before, only to end up in disappointment, I knew immediately this was different - I knew I have found my very own amber.

I keep it in my jewelry box and cannot help but feel it between my fingers almost every day. It is light as a feather, its surface is rough and uneven and when I hold it against light, it sparkles like fire. Over forty millions years old, it is the oldest item I will ever touch. A product of natural wonders, in my perception it reinforces the relativity of time and the incredible value of the short time we are given.

My Amber, found on the shores of the North Sea on Christmas Day 2011

41 comments:

Lilybets said...

Beautiful!I love stones and cristals and I have a lot of them!But to find ones is a rare experience,a good start of the New Year!

Rahul Bhatia said...

This is truly amazing Zuzana! This is like getting a long cherished wish fulfilled! May the New Year bring more such pleasant surprises!

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations with your beautiful stone, you so deserve it.

Kath said...

I think this is an omen that your future will be golden and bright xx

Elisabeth said...

I enjoy amber, too, Zuzana. The idea of tiny insects trapped within for aeons appeals to me, too and the word itself, Amber, the word and the colour, beautiful.

ladyfi said...

Wow - that amber is just beautiful. So timeless too.

Ruby said...

to find your own precious stone must have been thrilling and exciting! And it glows like fire in the picture.

latebloomerbuds said...

Ooooh, ahhhhh, awesome Zuzana! Margie

Zuzu said...

How wonderful is this? And on Christmas no less? :)
It's gorgeous, Zuzana!

Slamdunk said...

Fantastic find Zuzana. That made braving the cold for a walk certainly worth it.

Becky~ said...

Oh what a gorgeous piece Zuzana.Its brilient and so pretty.I hope you find the New Year brings you bigger and bright surprises.

Blessings my friend!

Brian Miller said...

what an awesome find zuzana...i love amber as well...particularly for the color and inclusions...def a treasure...

Maggi said...

Such a beautiful piece.

Nezzy said...

What a wonderful treasure to behold. Sweetie, it's just beautiful and filled with energy. I want one!!! Heeehehe!

God bless ya and have a wonderfully warm day!!!

laoi gaul~williams said...

how wonderful~you are so lucky!!! its so beautiful :)

LadyCat said...

Your amber is so beautiful...I love the rich color. This is definitely a good sign : )
I have a large amber ring that I bought at a museum gift shop this past summer. I love the inclusions and try to imagine what they might be.

Sandy said...

Just stunning! I can't believe you found this walking on the beach. Lucky you! That's a treasure for sure. I love the color of the Amber stone.

A Lady's Life said...

Wow! That's just unbelievable!!
Amber is supposed to be very good for you to wear.The more you wear it, the more it melts, from your body heat, they say. My Grandmother loved it and I have a necklace as well.
Doesn't it look spectacular in the light like that. Truly mystical.:)

Betsy said...

It has to mean good luck!

Blog Princess G said...

Oh how wonderful! Your amber is gorgeous, as are you!

Shammickite said...

Congratulations on your beach treasure! It's larger than I thought it would be. Beautiful in the sunshine.

Margie said...

Zuzana, what a treasure that you found!
I too love amber!
The stone you found is just beautiful and that photo of you holding the amber stone is lovely!

Margie xo

sprinkles said...

How beautiful! I love how the light shines through it in that bottom picture.

Rajesh said...

Wow! Against the light that stone does look great.

Ash said...

This is absolutely amazing Zuzana. It's a sign that something wonderful is on it's way to you!!!

Darla said...

So happy for you! Amber holds a spark of light for all those who have gone before, the souls who have traveled and exist within all life in our collective knowing. The warm essence of amber is a treasure indeed.

GypsyFox said...

so pretty!! love your blog..following :)

Donna said...

It's beautiful, Zuzana!

steviewren said...

What a wonderful thing to happen!! I had no idea amber might be found on the beach. Is it any beach or just those in certain areas?

Congratulations on a dream come true...2 dreams come true for you last year...how truly wonderful!

adrielleroyale said...

How fortunate for you!! :)) It's beautiful, but not as lovely as that huge smile on your face! :)

Rustique Gal said...

Oh, Zuzana,
What a lucky find. It must be your good fortune! It is so beautiful. I've always been drawn to it's luminous quality! Have you ever seen Cherry amber? It is rare, and I've been wishing i could find some! Maybe never in it's natural state, but I saw it made into a heart necklace once and have been dreaming about it ever since.
Stay warm and cozy, dear friend!
Hugs,
Sherry

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Nice and beautiful Zuzana!!!

tony said...

Treasure! yes,Amber has a warm,darkness about it.A holder of secrets & magic.

Angela Bell said...

I titally agree with Kath,a very good omen!

Myrna R. said...

You look so happy in the picture. Glad you found your special stone. Hope it brings you joy at all times.

Lynne said...

It was there just waiting for you to find it.

Kat_RN said...

Lucky girl! I too am fascinated by amber. It is science and somehow magic at the same time. It warms when worn and it is so beautiful.
Cheers,
Kat

SandyCarlson said...

I love this stone, too! I remember seeing so much of it in Maine at Acadia National Park, and being mesmerized by the brevity of time. It is a romantic stone, to be sure.

Ann Nichols said...

Oh Zuzana... what a joy. Made extra special because you understand just what an amazing "find" it is. I say "find" because I think it was meant for you to become its human guardian during this period of your life from the very beginning of time... Very very special and so amazing that it was sent to you on Christmas Day...
Blessings for a wonderful 2012!
Ann

Jerry said...

Now I have to google around. I didn't know that amber came from the ocean. Warmest congratulations on your precious find.

And congratulations on your photographer and his subject. I adore the picture -- you are positively gravitating.

Mimi said...

I didn't know you could get amber on a beach, assumed it was from caves/mines.
What a Christmas present from the universe!
And you look fantastic, I loveyour jacket and hat!