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Chiapas Amber (Mexico)

Item 1

There is a  cricket with a large amount of detail.  You can see patterns on the leg, and the posterior section.  The amber is very clear and in particular, just beautiful.

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Item 2

Possibly the finest specimens of a fly that I have ever seen, Diptera, Brachycera.  This fly is perfect, there is even a wing pattern that is easily seen.  On a 24 million year specimen, you just do not see wing patterns.  Everything else about this piece is quality.  The fly is large, all details are just remarkable, even the scales on the wings. This is truly a museum specimen.  There is even a small primitive fly, Nematocera right next to the giant to give you a perspective.

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Item 3

Interesting piece that contains a spider.  It does look like there are mites on the spider, but I do not think so.  On the other side is what looks like a leaf, but again, I do not think so (I do not know what it is).

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Item 4

Earwigs are rare - very rare in amber.  But here is the jackpot - you can see the wings! It is not difficult at all to identify earwigs, as they have scissor-like tails, this one appears to be a female.  This is the first time I have ever been lucky enough to see the wings wide open - just an extremely rare event.  Needless to say, this is a fine specimen and as rare as they get.


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Item 5

I like this one, it is cool.  Small, about 1/4 of an inch and roughly spherical.  It was obviously polished by hand.  There is one male spider in this piece of amber.  Just cool, and the price is good also.

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Item 6

I love pieces like this.  Fun, interesting and it will not break the bank.  This piece is 17 grams and about 2 x 1.5 x .3 inches in size.  There are two holes near the top for a cord to go through.  Hand carved from Chiapas amber by a local miner.



Item 7

Did the picture catch your eye? Sometimes the impossible just takes a little while longer.  This was worth the wait.  I am sure you know that amber is not found in aquatic situations since it 'drips' off trees.  To find aquatic animals in amber is such a rarity that this is the first time for us.  This piece is about 1.5 x 1 x .3 inches.  The amber is very clear.  The amber is 'in-situ' - that is, it is on a rock, a heavy rock at that.  There are about 5 barnacles in the amber, yes this is real.    I do not ever remember  reading about barnacles found in amber.  This may be a fist in history. The barnacles  are actually easy to see.  This is a magnificent piece with a rarity that seldom comes along.  Scientifically, this is worthy of a paper.

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Item 8

A little different, this is a carving of Mexican (Chiapas) amber.  This is a cougar that has successfully gone on a hunt and is now 'enjoying' his/her daily hunting.  A wonderful piece that shows great artistry in the carving.  The leopard is on a slate backing. It is about 3.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches.



Item 9

A beautiful tear drop shaped piece of Chiapas amber.  Wonderfully clear, containing a nice spider, just off center.  Good piece, great price.

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Item 10

This is another great tear drop shaped piece.  In particular, this would be beautiful made into a pendant (hint...). There is the outside portion of a flower.  Not only that, but there is a piece of moss near the bottomHow cool to give your girlfriend (or wife) flowers for her birthday.

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Item 11

Here is a 2'fer 1.  There are two spiders, one much larger than the other.  Rather nice to look under a magnifier.  This one is priced very well.

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Item 12

A rather frightening ant.  Look at those jaws.  That would really hurt if she took a bite out of your skin.  Near the ant is a tropical stingless bee.  You can tell by the eyes of the bee.  Really a cool 'spider and the bee' piece.

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Item 13

If you always wanted a spider but found they were too expensive, this is yours.  Spider off to the side, clear amber, just a good piece.

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Item 14

This is a big chunk of amber.  It weighs 42 grams and man is it loaded.  By far, the biggest ticket item is the Whip-scorpion, Order Amblypygi.  It is a large animal in this amber, not only large, but VERY rare. Its first pair of legs are thin and long as a whip; little is known about their function.  If you are a whip-scorpion expert, you might be able to ID this animal by the pedipalpal patella: they are unusual, even for this rare animal.  The animal is abut 3/4 inch long.  Tailless whip-scorpions have a normal habitat in the tropical rain forests, they are rarely ever found in amber.  But there is even more here.  Off on the other side is a large cricket and near the cricket is the head of an ant who must have been in a battle.....and lost.  There is what looks like the remains of a spider and  some more remains that I cannot identify. Also there are a few other ants, different species.  One of which has the thinnest and longest legs I have ever seen.  There is the back end of a silverfish. If you haven't figured it out by now, this is a very special piece of amber, large with very rare animals. 



Item 15

I think this is a toe-winged beetle, Coleoptera, Ptilodactylidae.   This is a very uncommon beetle to find in amber.  This is most likely a male since the antennae are pectinate.  These antennae are particularly large and branched.  The details of the wings are very impressive.  In fact everything about this beetle is impressive.  Not far from the beetle is a nice large leaf.  This is a really good piece.

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Item 16

This is different, here is a piece of amber that shows the results of shipworms (Pholadidae, Bivalvia)---- really.  These animals are lithophages, that  is they need hard substrate to feed on.  It can be either a stone or wood or even plastic for some species.   The conical things with spherical ends are just the trace of activities of those animals.  So the trace begins with a small holes and the animal grow inside it.  Each time it is grows it eats the substrate beneath and as it is growing in size so the galleries are conical shaped. The animal should lives in the spherical end which grows toward the center of the substrate, that is why you see scratches of radula as the animal acts like a drill. Moreover you can be sure after seeing the traces of the radula (scratches). Those traces are surface borings filled later by the sediments where the bored amber pebble was finally deposited.

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Item 17

Good sized piece of Chiapas amber.  This has a petiole from a leaf along with what looks like a wasp (although I am not sure on this one).  Attractive and a particularly nice specimen.

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Item 18

I thought number 17 (just above) was large, this is double the size.  There are two beautiful leaves in this piece.  Scattered around are 3 winged termites, Isoptera and a spider.  What a piece this is.  At the edge of a leaf are a number of unknown, seemingly botanical, emanations.

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Item 19

En Hydro

This is just a cool piece.  It has two bubbles within bubbles (en-hydro).  There is water in this piece that is 20 million years old.  A small, but powerful piece. You can actually see the bubbles move - just cool.  Just think that if you broke this open and released the ancient water, you may be releasing viruses or bacteria that might wipe out humanity...............

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Item 20

Planthopper in Amber

There are two planthoppers in this amber.  I cannot tell which type, but they are Homoptera, Fulgoridea.  Nice piece, good price on it.  By the way, you can see the successive layer flows of amber on this piece.

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Item 21

Square Headed Ant Amber

If this picture does not catch your eye, just go on to another one.  You may recognize this as a square headed ant, Hymenoptera, Myrmicinae, genus Zacryptocerus.  These are workers who block the entrance with their square heads.  Like a string "gate" they plug the entrance.  Only the right password (signal or phermones) will allow entry.

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Item 22

Flower in Amber

What a flower.  Elongated looking flower with the petals hanging down.  the amber is clear and the flower is very easy to see.  Great piece for a collection or to be made into a pendant or other jewelry.

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Item 23

Mammalian Hairs in Amber

Three guesses as to what this is - and the first two do not count.  Yes, this is a crop of hair - mammalian hair.  You can even see what I am going to guess as 'hair roots'.   The hair is uniform, slightly kinky and just thrilling to look at.  Just imagine that 20 million years ago a small mammal pushed up against some stick resin and when it pulled away, left some of the hairs from its body.   How cool - I would love to know what animal this was.  There is an unknown fly and a head of an ant in this amber also. For the quality of this specimen, the price is very good. By the way, the shape of this lends itself to be made into a pendant, that would be unreal.

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Item 24

Chiapas Amber - Green

A great piece of Chiapas amber that has a green tone to it.  Green is rather rare.  I was told that the  light colored area is a genus of true oxysters in the family Crassostrea.  While I can see why the miner said that, I have my doubts.  This piece weights a whopping 196 grams.  It is almost 5 x 3 x 1 this is a very large chunk.

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Item 25

Chiapas Amber Monster 8 KG

Monster Amber Specimen

Large is an understatement. This is huge. In fact it is the largest piece of Mexican amber that I have ever seen (or even heard of). It weighs 8.12 kg (17.1 pounds).....really. In fact I am going to say that this is the largest piece of Mexican amber, anywhere. The pieces are normally just small, this one is a behemoth. If anyone does know of a largest specimen, I would like to know it.

This is a world class museum specimen. It is something like 15 inches x 5 inches x 10 inches.

Not only is it large (understatement), but it is clear throughout. Using the light, this is a solid, VERY clear, just a magnificent piece of amber. The pictures are amazing of this special piece.

Truly the highlight of anyone's collection, this will hold the supreme spot for amber, anywhere - even in the largest of museums. We are so happy to be able to offer this at a very good price. This should retail for around $11 USD per gram, so one could even purchase this, turn around and sell it for a large profit. We did get this at a great price so we can turn around and offer it to you at a very impressive price for this museum specimen.

Right now this specimen is in Germany for a temporary exhibit at a museum.


Item 26

Chiapas Amber - Green

44.5 grams of pure, clear, Chiapas amber.  It is about 2.5 x 2.5 x .3 inches in size.  There is a platypodid beetle and a number of different gnats, the beauty of this is not in the inclusions, but the clarity and 'plain' beauty of the piece.   This is sold more on the weight than the specimens inside.

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Item 27

Chiapas Amber -

About 2.5 x 1.5 x .3 inches in size and 24 grams in weight.  Very interesting swirls inside this beauty.  Possibly good for a pendant or just to enjoy it's beauty.

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