Amber d20

Amber d20

5 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)

$187.00

Out of stock

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Product Description

Note: due to the high demand, we have temporarily removed the ability to order Amber d20s while we secure more material to make them. 

Amber d20

Amber d20

Amber is one of the world’s oldest gemstones. Though it is not truly a stone. Amber was one of the original materials of long distance trade thanks to its scarcity, uniqueness, and light weight. Amber has been refer to as Baltic gold, owing to its plentifulness in the Scandinavian region. The Vikings developed a rich trade in amber making it one of their principle export goods, trading amber as far away as Byzantium.

Amber d20 Backlit

Amber d20 Backlit

In 600B.C. the Greeks discovered that amber could generate a static charge if rubbed against wool. This charge can attract small things like straw or hair. The phenomena gave rise to the Greek name for amber, elektron, from which the tiny particle we call the electron gets its name. The Arabic word for amber literally translates as “straw thief”. While the English word for amber, is taken from the Arabic word anbar which amazingly enough, does not mean “straw thief”. Anbar is the root word for ambergris which is a foul smelling bile duct secretion from the intestines of the sperm whale which can be found floating along the coast.

Amber glows when held to a light.

Amber glows when held to a light.

So what does a nasty poo smelling whale excretion used in the perfume industry have to do amber? Turns out they can be similar in color and both are found along the coast in the Baltic region which as I’m sure you’ve already guessed, led to quite some confusion at one point or another.

So what exactly is amber? Simply put, it’s really old tree resin. Eons ago, a now extinct species of pine tree oozed sticky rosin all over the place. That rosin has aged and dried out for so long that the polymers in the resin have had time to solidify into a soft stone like material.  This stone like Amber typically has inclusions or foreign material trapped inside. The most famous of which are the insects that can be found in some specimens. These insects can be quite valuable for research purposes and the occasional cloning of the odd dinosaur.  In modern times Amber is found in Mexico, Indonesia, and the Caribbean as well as the Baltic region.

PLEASE NOTE: we are not currently taking more orders for the Amber dice while we get more raw materials in.

Each Amber d20 comes in its own display case.

Each Amber d20 comes in its own display case.

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4 reviews for Amber d20

  1. rivercs@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    Please notify me once you get the materials for these. I would like a full polyhedral set, not just the d20. The d20 you show here is exquisite. I’d also like to know if you can make mini dice like the Dwarven Stone gem dice because I collect and game with gem dice.

  2. aravens@bellsouth.net
    5 out of 5

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    I would be interested in obtaining some Amber Dice for my wife. I have been waiting for two years to present her with them for a CHRISTmas present. Thank you

    • charlie@artisandice.com

      :

      hi paul, at this time we are not making any amber dice. we’ve had chronic issues with the crafting process that we will need to get sorted before we can offer them again.

      charlie

  3. anqa88@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    I’d like to get a notify if this comes back in stock! I have a partner who has been a DM since he was little and I think this dice would be the best gift I could give him.

  4. simon.giles@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    If I could I would rate this die 6 stars! This D20 is probably the most beautiful die I will ever own. Amber is a wonderful material for dice, and the size and weight of the icosahedron are just perfect. My single complaint is that now I wish I could get a whole set in amber.

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