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.
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.
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