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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.

 

I get a kick when I can offer something like this. Truly large, this is about 4 x 2 x 1 inches, it is just just mammoth piece of amber. The weight is 136 grams - about 1/4 of a pound. And wow - the biggest thing in this monster is a giant leaf. How fun. There is a lot of organic debris scattered throughout. But there is even more, a wasp and a rare mite are even able to be seen. There is a large ant near the middle. This piece would look great on someone's desk. Even better is the story of the two chunks that are 'bitten out' of the giant leaf................. Ya gotta' love this one.

This can be found here (number 26)

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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