Amberica West...........the place for the finest inclusions in Dominican amber (and other ambers).
Noteworthy Specimens: Sometimes it is just fun to see beautiful specimens. Doesn't mean, particularly that you are going to purchase the item, it is just fun to see and read about them. This is one very impressive specimen. One does not find, commonly, such a beautiful specimen. The amber is clear, the animal is large and you can see patterns on the wings and the details are just perfect. A fantastic specimen. This is a planthopper, in the family Nogodinidae, genus Biolleyana. This item is found on the Chiapas amber page, number 12.
Mantids: Order Orthoptera. Mantids (or mantis) are characterized by their lengthened thorax (chest) and a head that can turn 180 degrees. These are so rare in amber that they are prized by collectors. This is a beautiful piece of Mexican (Chiapas) amber that contains a juvenile praying mantis. So seldom are they seen - even rarer is a perfect one that is displayed like this magnificent beauty. The amber is about 2 inches x 1.5 x .3 inches. Very clear and has one of the best praying mantises that I have ever seen. The mantis is a bit over .25 inches and fully extended. This is really a special piece. There is also part of a leaf and a messed up worker ant. Go to the Chiapas amber page and read about this beautiful and rare piece of amber. It is number 18 on the page.
New Amber Page: This is a rather 'different' page. We have selected a small number of spiders in Dominican amber. These can be used BY YOU to be made into a pendant for your significant other (or yourself). Generally what would happen is that you purchase a piece that you like, then take it to a jeweler and have them design (or you) a pendant to put this spider into. Half the fun is sitting down and designing with the artist a pendant that shows the characteristics that you want. Almost any jeweler will set this up for you. Go here for the page.
Interesting Facts About Amber
Some believe that amber has healing powers and the power to ward off evil spirits
Since amber is lighter than salt water, it will float in salt water. Fakes will often sink.
Amber is not a mineral, but the hardened resin of certain trees fossilized over long periods (millions of years) of time. The proper classification for organic gems like coral, pearl, and amber is gem material, not gemstone.
Dominican Republic Halts Amber Extraction (Oct 2016)
Santiago.- Environment Ministry officials accompanied by military personnel on Thursday halted all extraction of the semiprecious stone amber, to prevent further ecological damage at the Septentrional (northern) range.
New Flower Species
A Rutgers scientist has identified a flower trapped in ancient amber as belonging to a species completely new to science.
Lena Struwe, professor of botany in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, has discovered that two flowers found encased amber for at least 15 million years belong to none of the known 200 species of the genus Strychnos. Therefore, they represent a newly discovered species, Strychnos electri. Struwe coined the species name in honor of its amber origin, since elektron is the Greek word for amber.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-02-amber-species.html#jCp
Amber of the Month
We have offered for many years "amber of the month". This is when each month you are mailed a new identified (usually) species of animal in amber. Sometimes the amber is large, sometimes it is small, but always the value is there. For more information on this fabulous deal, go to http://www.ambericawest.com/amberofthemonthclub