Based on introduction to online catalogue of ancient carved amber in the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Jewelry : never just jewelry -- Amber magic? -- What is amber? -- Where is amber found -- The properties of amber -- Ancient names for amber -- Color and other optical characteristics : ancient perception and reception -- Ancient literary sources on the origins of amber -- Amber and forgery -- The ancient transport of amber -- Literary sources on the use of amber -- Amber medicine, amber amulets -- Archeological evidence for the use of figured amber : three periods of abundance -- The working of amber : ancient evidence and modern analysis -- The production of ancient figured amber objects.