Conch Shell With Amber
Here is a conch shell with amber. Each time I think it can never happen, it does. While I am not a shell expert, I think this is a horse-conch shell with a large 'glob' of amber near where the opening to the shell is located. I have included a picture (to the left) of a modern horse-conch shell.
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. The amber itself is about 1.25 inches x 3/4 of an inch in width. The conch shell is a bit over 4 inches long and about 2.5 inches at it's widest point.
Since this is mostly rock, it has a significant 'heft' to it.
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.