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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Amber is a substance analogous to the vegetable resins, and is in all probability derived from extinct coniferous trees. The best or yellow variety was obtained by the ancients from the coasts of the Baltic where it is still found more plentifully than elsewhere. A red amber has been found in South Europe and in Phoenicia. From earliest times amber has been prized as an ornament; Homer apparently refers to it twice. Amber bracelets and necklaces are highly prized by the Orientals - especially Jewesses - today, and they are credited with medicinal properties. See ELECTRUM;
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Metal'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/m/metal.html. 1915.