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Shark's Teeth in Amber

A very clear piece of Chiapas amber containing the rare and highly sought after juvenile mantis - it is as good as they get.  Now, not only is this a superb piece of amber, we are pricing it to sell.  It is not in the normal thousand to two range, we intend to sell it so someone can give this as a Christmas gift, or birthday or just a special occasion.   Usually you cannot even find something like this to buy, much less at the price that we are offering it.

We are offering this at a Christmas price.  Check the web page and see.

Mantids (or mantis) are characterized by a lengthened thorax (chest) and a head that can turn 180 degrees.  They typically carry their barbed front legs in an attack position. It looks like a praying position, giving them the nick They could very well be called the "preying mantis" because they are fierce and fearless, attacking prey insects to small animals like lizards.

 

If you read the bit about the amber in the conch shell, again,  each time I think it can never happen, it does.  The specimen is about 4 inches x 2.5 x 2 inches in size.  The size of the amber is about 1 inch x 1.5 inches.

How the resin got there and became amber, I just do not know.  I do know that this is a very unlikely piece to be found, just like the conch piece.

This is a significant find.  It is very rare to find amber in an aquatic environment - in particular, a salt water environment.  I do know also that the miner who found this knew he had something special and it took an arm and a leg (or in this case, money) to get this from him.   This specimen is from the Chiapas region in Mexico. Whether you are a general collector,  a museum or a specialist, this will peak your imagination and story telling ability.  Enjoy the pictures and the rarity of this magnificent piece.  I guarantee that you will never see this again.

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.

The other 3 pieces that I bought are a seed, an en-hydro and a mantis.

Wieslaw Giertowsk

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.

News   Flash:

Current World prices of Raw Amber

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

For amber specials, go here:  http://www.ambericawest.com/amber_specials.html
and
http://www.ambericawest.com/baltic_specials

 

Gemologist Finds Insect Trapped in Opal Instead of Amber

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

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