I too am not a jeweler yet, but I have had several people ask me
about cutting amber at some point. There is definately a certain
market for it. Some like it for the color, some like it for the
interesting inclusions that can be found in it, some like it for the
metaphysical properties it contains, and some want it for its
"magical powers." I know someone who practices witchcraft, and she
has an amber ring that she says has something to do with that(I
havent talked to her in depth about it) apparently if you practice
wicka, once you reach a certain point, you need to have an amber ring
for some spells you might cast...
Amber isnt very practical as a ring stone, or very practical in
jewelery, but there are quite a few people out there who want it for
various reasons. It dosent really matter why they want it. If they
want it, then someone has to make it.