Did you know?
◆ Amber comes in 300 different shades, from the yellow-orange it gave its name to, to pale lemon to near-black, by way of red, green and a very rare blue. ◆ Amber was a key plot device in Jurassic Park, where scientists extracted DNA from dinosaur blood inside mosquitoes inside the gem – and then used it to clone dinosaurs. ◆ Amber is very lightweight and will float in saltwater (but not fresh). ◆ The word electricity comes from the Greek name for amber, elektron. If you rub a piece of amber on cloth it can spark and attract particles and so its name was given to the force. ◆ Our ancestors had numerous theories about the origin of amber, thinking it could be shards of sunlight made solid, or the tears of birds, or the petrified urine of a lynx.