This is the fabled Chiapas amber from the Mayan mines in Chiapas, Mexico. It is fairly difficult to get a hold of and is highly prized for its impressive color and transparency. You can find reds, blues, greens and of course amber colors. This is real color, not like altered Baltic amber. This is quite a find and not seen often! You can do just about anything you want with this amber. My suggestion is for jewelry - the depth of color is seldom seen in any amber from anywhere else!
By the way, here is an interesting web site devoted to just high quality Chiapas amber (nice way to say expensive amber).
House centipede - Scutigeromorpha. Adult house centipedes have 15 pairs of legs, though only 7 at birth. They add one pair of legs each time they molt, making their age apparent simply by counting the number of legs. This one, as far as I can tell is a full adult. House centipedes are fast creatures in spite of their sluggish appearance. Their legs can rarely be seen intact in amber, because they are often torn off as the centipedes tried to escape from the resin. House centipedes are very rare in amber.
This is an amazing piece of amber. There is so much in here I am not sure where to start. Most obvious is a torn leaf. Extending nearly the entire length, this looks like a willow leaf (it is NOT a willow leaf - just looks like one). There are numerous hair-like bits that terminate in what looks like a stamen. They are probably part of a flower. I can see a few fungus gnats, Diptera, Mycetophilidae. There are some worker ants around. Now the best part...............this has a centipede, class, Chilopoda, Order, Ceophilomorpha. Centipedes bite and are poisonous. This specimen is remarkably life-like and seems to be gracefully moving through air. Needless to say centipedes are very rare in amber.
This is a large piece of amber. It weighs about 64 grams and is about 2 X 2 X 1 inch. Inside is a treasure of botanical specimens. You can find many stamens, leaves with visible surface structures and much more. If you like botanical specimens, this one is irresistible. A large piece that you can put on your desk as a sample of Chiapas amber with plant parts. A great discussion starter.
18.1grams of light green amber in an irregular shape.
A nice chunk of Chiapas amber with an unusual inclusion. Inside this amber is a large coprolite. The coprolite appears to have small rocks (not sure they are rocks) inter spaced throughout the piece. Just the size of the coprolite is larger (which in itself is rather rare. Cool piece with a lot of personality.
Impressive. One does not find, commonly,such a beautiful specimen. The amber is clear, the animal is large and you can see patterns on the wings and the details are just perfect. A fantastic specimen. This is a planthopper, in the family Nogodinidae, genus Biolleyana. They have membranous wings with delicate venation and can be confused with members of other Fulgoroid families such as the Issidae and Tropiduchidae. Some authors treat it as a subfamily of the Issidae. This is quite the specimen. It is as fine a piece as one can get.
The whip scorpion is one of the rarest of all finds. Tail-less whip scorpions or amblypigids are very efficient predators. They remain hidden under leaves, bark and other debris for most of the day. They come out at night to feed. Their chelicerae are modified into strong, spine-armored grasping organs that the hapless arthropods would find nearly inescapable. Their front pair of legs, in contrast, are long and slender, obviously modified for sensory functions. Lacking any type of tail appendage, these formidable creatures are not frequently encountered. The females carry their eggs in a sac attached to the undersurface of the abdomen by a few silken threads.
This particular specimen has a fracture running through the animal. This is a natural fracture and not glued or put back together by a human. In fact it is this fracture that makes it an affordable item. Otherwise see number 21 on this page. This is a very rare specimen. The price is phenomenal.
This is from Chiapas, Mexico. What what a large and beautiful piece of amber. It is about 5 x 2 x .5 inches and weighs 85 grams - this is a large piece of amber. Oh, and clear - very clear. Now the biggie .... the is a wonderful leaf at one side of the amber. How cool. This giant piece can sit on a desk and be enjoyed by all. Very rare to be able to see a leaf like this. Also there are a few gnats and even an immature planthopper. Finally there is a small tropical stingless bee, Hymenoptera. This is a special piece.
Mantids: Order Orthoptera. Mantids (or mantis) are characterized by their lengthened thorax (chest) and a head that can turn 180 degrees. These are so rare in amber that they are prized by collectors. This is a beautiful piece of Mexican (Chiapas) amber that contains a juvenile praying mantis. So seldom are they seen - even rarer is a perfect one that is displayed like this magnificent beauty. The amber is about 2 inches x 1.5 x .3 inches. Very clear and has one of the best praying mantises that I have ever seen. The mantis is a bit over .25 inches and fully extended. This is really a special piece. What a piece - this is really good. There is also part of a leaf and messed up worker ant.
This is a beautiful piece. It is like a giant jelly bean in shape and contains one of the finest silverfish, Zygentoma, that I have ever seen. Silverfish are so called due to the silvery glitter of the scales covering their bodies. Their movement is "fish-like" and makes it look as if they are swimming.
Thysanura is the now deprecated name of an order of the class insecta. The current name is Zygentoma and encompasses the silverfish or fishmoths, and firebrats. Members of the order are best known for their three long caudal filaments.
This particular specimen is perfect. These are rare in amber. This is what I consider museum quality. It is a superior specimen.
This is a rather unique piece. First and most important, there is a small terrestrial snail. Easily seen with a microscope, the snail is located near one of the legs of a planthopper. Snails are rare and very seldom ever seen in amber - so this is a real good piece. The amber is particularly clear and impressive to see. Off to the side is a small, male spider. Rather interesting to see how he folded his legs as he died. There is also part of a flower, the stamen, in the clear area of the amber.
A rather special piece of amber. This defines the concept of a 'chunk' of amber. It is almost 7 x 4 x 3 inches (that is big) and weighs a whopping 1,250 grams (2 and 3/4 pounds). Large heavy, beautiful............but wait, there is more. Look carefully at the images of this piece. There are fossil remains all around it. These are Brachiopod imprints. around the majority of the amber. You just do not see this very often. A strong confirmation of the role of sea water and amber. There are shells outside the piece; as though the amber was covered by shells; all that you see on the piece are shells not dirt, regularly amber is covered by something called "cascajo" (dust, clay) there are parts that you actually something as seashells (a bivalve). This is the most unique thing we have seen in a long time; we just wonder what this would look like as a display piece in a store?
This is a dark cube of amber with something real cool at the top of one side. The piece is about 1.5 x 1 x .5 inches. The animal is rare - it is a centipede. First one I have seen in Mexican amber. The entire animal is here. It is nice. You can even see a large moth fly next to the body of the ancient animal. On the other side is part of a leaf and 'husk' of a beetle.
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 is a different piece, for two reasons: first, it is a quality piece. Second, it is very unusual. There are two worker termites, Isoptera in the amber. One of them has decomposition bubbles coming from the body. This is sometimes seen since there is such an intestinal flora in termites. When they die, they can create gas. This gas is released in the fluid resin as bubbles coming from the abdomen.
Here is something else......the amber is particularly clear and does not contain any other animals. But wait, the termites appear to be crawling on a solid surface, like rough rock. I would almost guess that the resin was deposited on a rock that had two worker termites and then somehow this 'future amber' was associated somehow with water. The only other piece I have seen like this was associated with water. It is a special piece.