This is the fabled Chiapas amber from the Mayan mines in Chiapas, Mexico. Mainly, this page is centered on botanical specimens in Chiapas amber. 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).
It does not happen very often where you get the majority of the leaf - but here it is. the rest of the amber is clear. This is a lovely piece, great color and it even has a bunch of insects inside. There is an unknown along with a partial set of wings. This is about 1.5 x 1.5 x .5 inches in size.
A rather large piece of amber with over a dozen flowers inside. This scanned image (below) is not good since the scanner does not do well when there is depth to the piece. This is more like a polished rock (kind of) than a flat stone. Many flowers - you could give a dozen flowers to someone! This is an impressive piece. By the way, there is a small segment of Bryophyte in this one.
Quite a piece of amber. This has a large, visible leaf inside. Rather cool, you can see places where an insect has 'chomped' part of the leaf. I love when amber tells a story. There are a bunch of animals also. One beautiful is an immature planthopper, Homoptera, Fulgoridea, an unknown and a fly, Nematocera. You will like this one.
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.
The leaf on this beauty is 2 inches long. That is a very large inclusion in Chiapas amber. You can see some holes in the leaf where an insect probably chewed away (or something similar). There is also half a leaf off to the side. This is a big piece of amber, about 3 inches long. The kind you can put on your desk as an example.
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!
A nice and large piece of clear amber. Inside is a set of leaflets, partly compressed - just beautiful. I am not sure why I like this type of leaflet assembly - but it is really sharp. There is also a stem with some leaflets on it. Also a few unknowns. good piece. There are two planthoppers, one large and one small.
2 leafs from different trees. There is a set of leaflets - probably from a mimosa tree and the other is an unknown. The piece does not scan sell since it is wavy. This image shows the entire piece better than the scan (I include the scan only for size). There is also a small part of a spider web kind of twisted around itself. A rather unusual piece.
2 leafs from different trees. There is a set of leaflets - probably from a mimosa tree and the other is an unknown. I do not see very often branching veins in leaves, but this has it.. A rather unusual piece. Besides the beauty of what I have just described, this is a big piece with everything easily seen. Now even better- there is a praying mantis (very rare). Not far from this guy is a strange set of dots. Finally, there is a large beetle, probably a cylindrical bark beetle, Coleoptera, Colydidae (but this is a large one).Phenomenal specimen.
Monster piece of amber. there is just so much inside that it is hard to see through. In order to show it better I included images with a light shining through to show you what this really has. bottom line, if you can think of it, it probably is inside. Leaves, flowers, insects, stamens, of plant parts. It is about 4 x 4 x 1 inches and a whopping 238 grams (almost 1/2 pound of amber). I was looking for the kitchen sink, but did not find it - it should be there though!
Another irregular shaped piece of amber (as far as that goes, I am not sure what a 'regular' shape is....). A very nice leaf that shows vein branching. In addition to the great leaf, there is what I think is a butterfly. It could be a moth - they are both difficult to ID. I cannot see the underside to ID the proboscis.
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.
In the Dominican Republic and Mexico, the tree that produced the copious amounts of resin that eventually became amber is from the Hymenaea tree, Hymenaea 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.