A shimmering quality Posted by Robin on 19 January 2012 9 Comments It's beyond comprehension how beautiful it is. It's transformative. There's a shimmering quality to it. It reflects light with its smell. It's like an olfactory gemstone. — Perfumer Mandy Aftel of Aftelier, talking about ambergris in Secretive ambergris trade is recession-proof at SFGate.