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.

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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

Number 7 on this page.

We have a small number of Dominican amber collections. Each of the collections has about 5 to 26 pieces in it. They are all good sized and all contain small insects. (Each piece does have an insect in it.)  If you click on the picture image, you will get a larger picture of each collection.

These collections (of which we have about 20) are not good if you want huge and easily visible insects. What you see are the actual pieces you will receive. These are medium pieces and the insects are proportionally sized. Perfect for a class set so kids could go exploring. Perfect to give away to a group. Good to have in a drawer and hand to someone who wants to just have fun.

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:

Article on amber from the Atlantic  magazine

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.

Very interesting article - just came out.

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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

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