According to ancient Greek myth, amber was the tears shed in the River Eridanus by the Heliades grieving after the death of their brother Phaethon, who was thrown into the river by an angry Zeus after the boy's joyride across the sky on his father's golden chariot.
The Chinese believed that amber was the soul of a tiger that had died and passed into the earth transforming into pieces of amber. Amber was supposed to give its wearer access to the tiger's courage.
Amber was a stone sacred to the Viking goddess Freya. when she could not find her husband Odin, she wept. When her tears fell on the rock, they turned to gold.
And finally to early Christians, amber signified the presence of the Lord.