THE BIOLOGICAL BEAUTY OF AMBER Most colored gemstones come from the ground. But one dripped like molasses from trees more than 30 million years ago, forming a yellowish-brown material treasured by many cultures as a gem with symbolic powers. Amber was once again the focus of admiration in August and early September during an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, N.Y. On display were 94 artistic and decorative objects made of the ancient tree resin, which has been preserved in the clay or sand of lagoons and river deltas for millions of years. Among these objects was jewelry representative of the intricate craftsmanship of centuries of cultures. Highlights included a 2nd century Roman "finger ring" from a private collection. Amber rings were popular in the Roman Empire during the reigns of Nero and Septimius Severus. The surface of the 1.4-in. diameter ring

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