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.
Did you ever see Jurassic Park? This looks just like the mosquito that they showcased in that movie. This is a large mosquito with a slightly swollen belly. Now, not only is it large and centered, but this piece of Chiapas amber screams "make me into a pendant". Perfect shape, perfect thickness, this is the piece of all pieces. It is easy for to be made into a pendant (and not particularly expensive). Just take it to your local jewelers and they are happy to do the job. This is a superb piece. This female might just have a belly full of blood (who's blood?) Besides the mosquito, there are about a dozen worker ants, Hymenoptera, Formicidae
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.
Matthew Downen had never done anything like this before. In a hotel room in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, he watched as a dealer poured a bag of amber fossils onto a white towel spread over a desk.
Specials of the Week
16-million-year-old fossil shows springtails hitchhiking on winged termite
When trying to better the odds for survival, a major dilemma that many animals face is dispersal—being able to pick up and leave to occupy new lands, find fresh resources and mates, and avoid intraspecies competition in times of overpopulation.
For birds, butterflies and other winged creatures, covering long distances may be as easy as the breeze they travel on. But for soil-dwellers of the crawling variety, the hurdle remains: How do they reach new, far-off habitats?
Scientists discover an 'alien' insect in amber from 100 million years ago