While contemplating what mineral best captured the essence of November, we were inspired by the colours of fall… warm tones of Amber, gold, brown and red falling from the trees and decorating the ground. Naturally the “mineral” we decided upon for this month was Amber. Amber, However is actually not a mineral and is not really a stone either, It is is the hard translucent fossilized resin produced by extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period. It is typically yellowish in color, though it can be red or brown or even in some very rare cases has a blue or green cast. According to experts in order for it to qualify as Amber, the material must be over 10 million years old, and contain succinic acid, otherwise it is known as Copal. Copal can be as young as a few hundred years and is not as nearly as durable as amber.