Amber is tree resin that has been fossilized into a honey-yellow colored solid gemstone. Because it is a natural occurrence coming from tree resin, it can occasionally harbor bark from the tree or other things likes leaves within the gemstone, called inclusions. Its name is derived from the Middle French word ambre and the Middle Latin word ambar. A common misconception is that amber is fossilized tree sap, not resin. Trees produce this resin to help heal themselves. An ancient petrified tree resin, Amber’s close connection with nature is thought to promote vitality, health and well-being. It is prized for its energy and healing properties.