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Dominican Amber

Item 1

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

A rather large chunk of amber, this weighs 30.5 grams and is about 2.5 x 1.5 x .3 inches.  Inside is a mine spider - one small and  but easily seen.  Near the  spider is what looks like a single mammalian hair - rather cool.

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$180

Item 2

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

A nice sized piece that has a 'modified' amber tube with a bunch of animals that became stuck 20 million years ago. an amber tube is a tube within a tube as a result of separate resin flows.  There are a few beetles (one large and one small), a roach, flies, Diptera, Brachycera, a fungus gnat, Diptera, Mycetophilidae, and even a partly eaten leaf. Looks like some miscellaneous legs floating in the amber.

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$69

Item 3

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

Rather an interesting piece of amber. Not particularly polished, but smooth. This chunk has 3 worker termites, Isoptera. The termites are so bloated that they are almost unrecognisable. A fun piece to look at with a magnifier. You will like this 'different' piece of Dominican amber.
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$77

Item 4

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

This does have a nice barklouse, Psocoptera, but there is something else. 3 unknowns are scattered around this clear piece. I thought they may be seeds or bracts from flowers, but I do not think so. Interesting.

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$44

Item 5

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

This is a very rare specimen. Sawflies are very hard to find (I have seen only 2) in Dominican amber - or any amber as far as that goes. This is a male sawfly, Hymenoptera, Argidae. The 4 antennae on this particular piece are fantastic. This is for the serious collector, not the casual collector.

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$770

Item 6

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

Not a large piece, but this has a beautiful long legged fly, Diptera, Dolichopodidae.  The details are spectacular on this 'guy'.  Near him is what I think may be an immature cicada.

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$37

Item 7

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

A good piece that contains a fly, Brachycera (maybe horse or deer-fly) along with a midge, Chironomidae.  The piece is a little on the smallish side, but the specimens inside are very good.
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SOLD

Item 8

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils - Spider

A very attractive piece of amber with a beautiful beetle near the middle.  The beetle is small, but photographs well (as you can see).  There is some light crazing near one exterior portion of the amber.


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$35

Item 9

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

A rather non-de script piece with some really cool things. There is part of a leaf (cut right through the leaf) and also a planthopper, Hemiptera, Fulgoridea.

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$54

Item 10

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

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 aramaic 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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$875

Item 11

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

Coprolite..........if you know what that is, read on. This is a beautiful, spherical piece of Dominican amber. It is large, spherical and the coprolite is large. In fact it is large enough that I can confidently say that this is a mammalian coprolite (poop). Probably the finest I have ever seen, this is about .9 inches in diameter. A sure conversation piece, you cannot go wrong with this beauty.

Bottom line, this is really a cool piece.

$625

Item 12

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

This has a plant bug, Hemiptera, family Miridae. Rather unusual to see these animals in amber. The piece of amber is cab shaped.

 
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$59

Item 13

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

There are 3 winged termites, Isoptera, in this amber. Very unusual to find even 1. On top of that there is a wasp and some other unknown Dipteran (the elongated abdomen.) Good piece to round off a collection.

 
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$44

Item 14

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

The piece has many air bubbles that tend to block the viewing area.  Inside is a spider,  a shining fungus beetle, Coleoptera, Scaphidiidae.  Also there are some other animals that are difficult to ID, possibly a fungus gnat.


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$35

Item 15

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

241 grams (1/2 pound) of pure, clear Dominican amber. Just a beautiful piece. You can see clear through this piece. As is evident from the images, this is not polished. One side of it was cut with a diamond saw (you can see the blade marks). Quite this piece and it is priced at seven dollars per gram. It is about 3 x 3 x 3 inches.

 
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$699

Item 16

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

Large domed cab with an unknown beetle wrapped in either a leaf or part of an amber tube. A rather interesting piece - at a good price.


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$39

Item 17

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

Medium sized cab with 4 flat footed beetles, Coleoptera, Platypodidae.  Two of the four are on the sides (and thus harder to see) - although 2 are easy to see.


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$36

Item 18

If this picture does not catch your eye, nothing will.  This is a mayfly.  The life history is quite remarkable.  Most species spend approximately one year as an aquatic nymph, but the adult lives only for a matter of minutes to hours depending upon the species.   Order, Ephemeroptera, family, Leptophlebiidae:Atalophlebiinae.  There are 4 known species.  While more common in Baltic amber, they are very rare in Dominican amber.  In the side of this piece there is what looks like a tuft of mammalian hair..........almost as rare as the mayfly.

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SOLD

Item 19

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

Here is a silverfish, Thysanura. Silverfish are rather rare and seldom seen. This animal is in a smallish piece of amber near the edge. Good piece if you need a silverfish in your collection. There is some nice looking unknown organic debris around in this piece.


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$52

Item 20

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

Here is almost what I would consider an impossible situation. We have a rare whip scorpion. This came from  the La Toca mines and this one is out of this world. The whip scorpion is beautiful. Oh, is this a perfect specimen. There is also a small spider and even an unknown mite. This will take your breath away when you see it. This is one of the animals that you will sometimes find in books. Often it is the same picture that is used from book to book or article to article. They are so rare in Dominican amber that you will just not see that many pictures of them. 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.

Amblypygi..........Genus Phrynus species resinae............... Schawaller 1979

This is a museum piece.

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$4,389

Item 21

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

A piece of Dominican amber with 2 worker termites.  You can see some areas where the decomposition has caused bloating (rather interesting effects.)  Some coprolite deposits near one of the termites.  Good price on this piece.
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$43

Item 22

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

You are going to love this one. There is a roach, Blattidae off to the side. "He" is complete. There is an unusual fungus looking white area near the back. In fact it looks like there is rope (it is not rope) going around the unknown malady of the roach.

 
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$85

Item 23

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

A beautiful piece, 18.5 grams of clear Dominican beauty.  There is a large spider close to the center, this is close to a 'tear drop' shape.  The details show very well with this spider.   A gnat is off to the side and also there is a large crane fly, Tipulidae.  The legs are really long on this 'bug'.  Finally there is also a large springtail, Collembola.

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SOLD

Item 24

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

This is a wonderfully clear piece of amber.  There are 9 good looking primitive flies, Diptera, suborder, Nematocera.  These flies have long antennae with at least 6 segments.  There is also a black scavenger fly, Diptera, Scatopsidae,  near the middle.

 

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SOLD

Item 25

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

A particularly fine example of Psocoptera - barklice. The veins of the wings are clear and simply lined up, making them a good teaching material for those who are interested.  Barklice have triangular heads that are bent downwards. Compound eyes are protruded.   This is a magnificent specimen, the details are outstanding, even to the point of the wings maintaining their pattern (unusual).  You will enjoy the pictures.

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$88

Item 26

Dominican Repulblic Amber

Large chunk of amber that is very clear and has some beautiful, small animals. By far and the best are two crane flies, Tipulidae that look (to me) like a pair. The legs around the animals are breath taking. It is truly a joy to look at. Also, there are some other small ants and flies - but the eye catching item are the two crane flies.

 
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$743

Item 27

Dominican Repulblic Amber with Fossils

We do not normally put such an expensive item on the first page, but this is good enough just because it is so fun to look at. If you haven't guessed, this is a butterfly, metalmark family possibly the genus Napaea (Riodinidae: Lepidoptera), but it is difficult to see the ventral side of the head. Just in case you do not know, wings are not normally spread in amber. This specimen is totally beautiful and so very unique that it has to be shown on this page. And yes, it does have it's own page. Enjoy these pictures since you will probably never see a butterfly with it's wings spread like this one again. Believe it or not, this is priced to sell quickly.

 
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$4,400

Item 28

Dominican Repulblic Amber with Fossils

Here you go - worker termites. No very common, this has a transparent specimen.  Good price.

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$19

Item 29

Dominican Repulblic Amber with Fossils

I like these guys - this is a moth fly, Psychodidae.  Easily ID'ed with the parallel wing venation, this is a nice one.

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SOLD

Item 30

Dominican Repulblic Amber with Fossils

Some mayflies, Ephemeroptera, have 2 or 3 long hair-like tails and strong forewings. Hind wings are small and rounded or very reduced. Mayfly adults enjoy a life span of no more than two days. On transition from nymph to adult stage, they fly from the surface of the water for mating, but do not feed. They complete the mating process and die after one or two days. Mayfly eggs are laid in water, and are hatched within one or two weeks.
Fossils of mayflies are very rarely found in amber. Mayflies have the shortest life span of any animal. They may spend two to three years as nymphs at the bottom of lakes and streams, and then live for as little as one hour as winged adults. You may find this comic good, especially since it deals with mayflies (you will be leaving this site, but you can use your 'back' button.) This has a great price on it.............it is hard to beat

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$921

amber pendants

Dominican Amber Pendants

Have we got a great deal for you. We just got back from the Dominican Republic and bought a "bag full" of old pendants like the ones to the left. Some have bugs, most do not, but each one is special and hand done. Since we got such a good deal on them, we pass it on to you, these are only $25 each. You do not get to pick, this will be a situation where we reach into the bag and pull out one randomly. This is a real, real good deal. Our numbers are limited though.
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$21

loupe

Loupe

We have been looking for a good jewel er's loupe that will not break the bank. This is it. Well built, good optics and something that everyone can afford. Our main goal with this loupe was that it would be a triplet loupe, have good optics and would not break the next day. Finally we wanted a loupe that you could give to a kid (or use yourself) and then not have to cry when the child lost the loupe. This just fits the bill every way around. You will love it. This is a 10X loupe (even though it does say 20X). It has all the power you will ever need.
This has it's own page also.

$7.15

dominican spheres

Amber Beads Spheres

We just picked up a number of Dominican Republic amber beads. All are rather clear and beautiful. The sizes range from around 5 mm to 11 mm, although there are a number that are larger. The price is $14 per gram. We weighed a 5-6 mm bead and it weighed about .5 gram.

 

That should give you a general reference. If you are interested in quantities other than on the left, email us and let us know general sizes and the numbered desired.

$30

digital scales

Digital Scale

An authentic touch screen scale. It has a lid that opens up to an impressive touch screen scale. It is 4.5 x 2.5 inches x .5 inches deep. Very nicely built - this beauty even comes with a pouch so it does not get scratched. This is really a nice instrument AND they are on sale for only $6.95 .

$6.95

large collection of fossil inclusions

Here is an interesting deal. I have a rather large number of amber pieces that are about 1.5 inches by 1 or more inches. The pieces are all large and all contain sharp looking insects. Now here is the deal: if there are any dealers that are interesting in the entire lot (there are about 1,000 of the giant pieces), I can give you a good deal on them. They are perfect sizes for pendants or just selling on the open market. This deal is contingent on selling the entire collection. The price for the entire lot is excellent. If you are interested, email me at lundberg@ambericawest.com and I will quote you a price for all 1,000 giant pieces.

dominican blue amber ring

Blue Amber Ring Dominican

This is different. We came into some of these blue amber rings and were so impressed that we now have a few to sell. Inside a room, the sphere looks like normal amber, outside or near a window, the sphere jumps 'beautiful blue' at you. Almost like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Not the slightest idea about sizes, but the inside diameter is 21 mm or 7/8 of an inch. The ring is open on the back side, so it should fit most fingers. We have never seen anything like this before. We have placed a very good price on the ring. The ring is hollow gold plated, 925 silver. It is very light and easy to wear. The rings are copyrighted by Art 7, a great jewelry design and manufacturer located in Poland.
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$340

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