Here are 6 bracelets made by the local artisans from Chiapas, Mexico. Each handmade bracelet has an insect (many have bees) that has been hand selected and crafted to show it's beauty.
These are priced at a point that most folks can afford to purchase one or more of these beauties.
All of them are between .5 and 1 inch in length. I have also identified any insects that are in the pieces. The bracelets are all adjustable, so they should fit almost any wrist.
This is a jaw of a mammal that was found in a Mexican amber mine. To be more specific, it was found in the amber mine "Polcitos" which is located near Simojovel in Chiapas, Mexico. As far as I know, I have never heard of anything like this being found in an amber mine. This came straight from the miner. This is as much as I know about it. I do not know what specific animal it came from nor anything else. I will admit that I would love help to ID the jaw and to tell me anything they know about it.
This can be found here.
Interesting trip to the Dominican Republic. I recently came back from a long visit (9 days) to the Dominican Republic. The main reason was to attend the 8thannual Palaeoentomological Conference that was held in Santo Domingo. It was great fun – both to learn and meet new and old friends.
I did buy 2 beautiful pieces of blue amber. One piece is already sold, so the smaller one is left. See the picture below. The blue amber is 53 grams and about 2.5 x 1 x 1.5 inches in size.
A picture of the late Wieslaw Giertowsk in Poland and Doug Lundberg. Mr. Giertowsk is probably one of the most respected amber individuals in the world.
Here are the current world market prices for raw amber. This was taken from the journal called Baltic Jewellery News, October 2018. Interesting to look at what the wholesale prices are for Baltic amber in Europe.
Specials of the Week
On a trip to Indonesia, gemologist Brian Berger purchased an opal that appeared to have an insect entombed inside. Insects trapped in amber are a common-enough sight, but in a slow-forming gemstone like opal?
“Some researchers weren’t sure it was possible,” Berger told Gizmodo. “Now we know it’s possible. Is it likely? Extremely unlikely.”
For the article, go to this address: gizmodo.com
Scientists discover an 'alien' insect in amber from 100 million years ago