Amber can refer both to the gemstone and the color "amber".
While thought of many people as a stone, amber is really fossilized resin-tree sap-of stone-like appearance and texture. Its color is yellow to yellowish-brown, and pieces of amber can date back as much as 60 million years. Sometimes drops of water or perfectly preserved insects or bits of plants are found encased in the bits of amber. Amber is used to make jewelry and other ornamental objects. It is considered by some to have various magical properties-perhaps because, if rubbed, amber creates and holds an electric charge. Because of this, some think that the world "electricity" originally stems from the Greek word describing the effect of rubbing amber.
In the Ancient Ones language the color "amber" is the color that represents the letter Y.
- ↑ The King's Quest Companion, 2nd Edition, 438