Amber is an ancient tree resin that has been fossilized through a combination of heat and pressure. Some amber dates back over one million years. Scientists call amber the “window into the past,” since it contains microcosms of life from the times when it was formed. Ancient Greeks named the substance electron, in homage to the Sun God, one of whose titles was Elector or the Awakener. Amber emits a musky fragrance when burned, and has the ability to attract other substances. As such, the terms electricity and electron come from the Greek word for amber.