The classical names for amber, Latin electrum and Ancient Greek ἤλεκτρον (ēlektron), are connected to a term ἠλέκτωρ (ēlektōr) meaning "beaming Sun". According to myth, when Phaëton son of Helios (the Sun) was killed, his mourning sisters became poplar trees, and their tears became elektron, amber. The word elektron gave rise to the words electric, electricity, and their relatives because of amber's ability to bear a charge of static electricity.
Amber for Art Thursday! The Amber room makes me feel a little queasy, to be honest, but I couldn't leave it out.
Amber necklace from 2000 to 1000 BCE
Rijks Museum voor Oudheden, Leiden, the Netherlands
photo by Pierre André Leclercq
Tree of Life
by Irina Gnatenko or Lyudmila Sakharova
photo by Kaliningrad Amber Combine
Amber Telephone, Vilnius, Lithuania
photo by Zairon
photo by Kristian Frisk
Amber room, Catherine Palace, Russia
photo by Jeanyfan
The same ship above, but with different lighting. (It looks completely different!)
The Amber Museum in Krakow, Poland
Amber Museum in Copenhagen