Chiapas Amber

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).

Item 1

This is a cool piece.  About 1.2 inches  in diameter x about .3 inches in thickness - this has a LARGE planthopper in it.  You do not need a microscope to see it, it just jumps out at you.  A perfect display piece or even better, put a silver band around it and make this into a pendant.  That would be as impressive as it gets.  Just a great piece.

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Item 2

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.  There is also what looks like part of a stem and maybe the beginnings of a flower.

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Item 3

Large piece of amber. Strange colors to it -1/2 is amber yellow and the other half is green. The green comes in a swirl pattern - very shape and attractive. 30.6 grams in weight.


Item 4

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, CeophilomorphaCentipedes 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.  There is a small sprig of moss along with a few more advanced stamens.

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Item 5

Good sized piece of yellow green Chiapas amber. Good shape and weighs 13.1 grams

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Item 6

A rather interesting piece of clear amber.  Almost 1/4 of a pound, (105 grams) this clear piece of Chiapas amber will get anyone's attention when you place it on your desk. While it does have small animals, 4 worker ants, Hymenoptera. Formicidae, a stingless bee and a fungus gnat, Mycetophiliae, the beauty of this are not the animals but the actual chunk of amber itself.  For that reason we are pricing this below the 'per gram' cost.


Item 7

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.

Mosquitoes are members of the insect Family Culicidae. Insects, belonging to this family possess paired scaled wings, paired halteres, slender bodies, and long legs. They belong to the insect Order Diptera (“true flies”). Mosquitoes are similar to flies though. The differences among the two insects include: scales on the wings of mosquitoes, longer legs and female mosquitoes possessing a long mouth part called proboscis in the female, used for piercing their victim’s skin. The males do not have the proboscis - so when you get bitten by a mosquito, you are being bitten by a female. To find a mosquito in amber is a VERY rare occurrence. Mosquito's are not attracted to the aromatic compounds found in resin (amber). Which means they have no reason to find themselves trapped in that sticky resin from the tree. Gnats and such are attracted to the resin, but not mosquito's. As generally known, mosquito's are attracted by a mammalian scent - not the chemical aroma of a tree.

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Item 8

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.

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Item 9


18.1grams of light green amber in an irregular shape.


Item 10

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.

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Item 11

Beautiful 9.5 gram piece of Chiapas amber with a champaign color. Perfect for a collection or making into a pendant. It really does have a wonderful color to it. Priced to sell.


Item 12

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.  

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Item 13

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.


Item 14

A lovely piece of Chiapas amber with a nice jumping spider in one corner. This is a good piece and the price is good also.
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Item 15

Interesting piece. This is large, about 4 x 2 inches and thin, maybe 1/4 inch. The piece is dark and shows better with a light through it. Inside are a number of leaves showing very good detail and also a number of scattered stamens. Fun to look at.

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Item 16

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. Scanned Image!


Item 17

What color in this piece. It is 12.4 grams and it has magnificent color to it. You will enjoy these images. The size is about 1.5 x 1.5 x .5 inches and rather triangular.

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Item 18

One of the rarest and most sought after animals in amber there is!  This, as you know is a dragonfly, Odonata. Only a handful of these rare animals have been found in amber.  Even rarer is a complete specimen (this is not is missing some of the anterior parts.)  The wings on this specimen a particularly beautiful. Even if this was not rare, I still would classify the wings as spectacular.  You will never see one like this for sale anywhere else in the world.

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Item 19

What a specimen. If you like botanicals, you will love this one. A great leaf separation..... and it shows so well. Just a beautiful piece that does not require a microscope to appreciate. In fact, it is rather large for a microscope.

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Item 20

Here is another one of those pieces that just jumps out at you. The animal is large, in fact this is a planthopper, Hemiptera, Fulgoridea looks like it could just fly right out of the amber. Really impressive. A planthopper you just have to love.

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Item 21

Really a sharp piece of Chiapas amber.  Rectangular, about 1 inch x .5 inch x .5 inch in size.  This is very clear and has a stilt-legged fly. The Micropezidae are a moderate-sized family of acalyptrate muscoid flies in the insect order Diptera.  These insects are commonly called stilt-legged flies, after their characteristically long legs. The fore legs are markedly smaller than the other pairs. Mostly, they are long-bodied, often black flies, usually with infuscated (darkened) wings. This one is perfect.  Rarely found in amber, the details are superb, the wing venation is nothing less than spectacular.   What an addition for someones collection.

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Item 22

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.

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Item 23

A rather large piece, 2 inches in length and 15.9 grams in weight.  This contains a very large spider (end of leg to leg is about 1 inch).  The spider has some decay (being 20 million years old, you can forgive that) but is still fairly easy to see.  Legs spread wide, which is unusual.  Also there are the faint remains of a fungus gnat a thrip and a three small wasps.  If you want a BIG spider but do not want to pay a big price, this is it.

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Item 24

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?


Item 25

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.

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Item 26

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.

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Item 27

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.

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Item 28

I got to tell you that I just do not know what this really is.  I have a lot of guesses - but they are just that.  Here are a few - the underside of a snake, a beautifully 'articulated' piece of coprolite, the abdomen of a giant roach - the list goes on.  The amber itself is particularly good and I really would like to know what this is.  I have not overpriced it (even though that was a thought).  If you want a discussion starter, this is it.  You have a 100% guarantee that this is real.

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Item 29

This looks like the larvae of a lacewing (Neuroptera).  I cannot say which family, Ascalaphidae or Myrmeleontidae, I think it is  one of theseLacewings are rather rare in amber, the larvae are even more so.  This is a small piece, but the amber is clear and perfect.  an excellent specimen, this is a great addition to anyone's collection.

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Item 30

This is a large piece of amber, 43 grams.  It is about 2.5 inches x 1.5 x .7 inches in size.  The praying mantis is small, but perfect.  If you were to by the amber without an insects inside, it would be about $400 - with the praying mantis inside, this beauty is only $1,600.  That is a great price for a rare praying mantis.  You can even see the patterns on the legs. There are also 2 tropical stingless bees and worker ant (rather transparent).  Great piece at a fantastic price.  You cannot go wrong with this piece of Chiapas amber.

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Item 31

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In the Dominican Republic and Mexico, the tree that produced the copious amounts of resin that eventually became amber is from the Hymenaea treeHymenaea protea.  This amber dates from Oligocene to Miocene, thus it is about 25 million years old.  Please note that complete botanical inclusions are rare in amber.  This is the complete leaf in all it's glory.  Perfectly preserved and large....the leaf is 2.25 inches long, which the entire piece of amber is about 4 x 3 x .5 inches.  The amber weights 111 grams (almost a quarter of a pound).  This is a giant piece of Chiapas amber, a real winner in everyone's collection.

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