If you've ever been out in a juniper-pinyon pine woodland in the West, leaned against a tree trunk and accidentally got tree sap on your hands or clothes, you will know what I mean when I say that it's the stickiest substance in Nature. This sap is the trees' natural defense against insect attack. Well, millions of years ago, that same type of sap found on trees became fossilized, and the result is one of the most wonderful organic gems: Amber. These are polished on all sides. Please remember that Amber is a relatively soft stone, and not really suitable for heavy wear items.