Dominican Amber

Item 1

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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Item 2

I must admit, this is a beautiful specimen at a great price.  Inside this piece of Dominican amber is a shovel nose planthopper.

Sometimes planthoppers can have very strange heads. Here is one that is called an "alligator-head" or "dragon" insect. This is because their snout resembles the head of an alligator. Naturalists have noted that modern types of such planthoppers often sit with their snouts up in the air, similar to the stance of a true reptile. This is the second time we have come across this type of planthopper (Homoptera:Fulgoroidea). They are so rare that you normally see the same picture over and over - well here is a new one, and just as rare.

There is also a spider with an unusual bubble near it and a long legged fly, Diptera, Dolichopodidae.

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Item 3

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 unrecognizable. A fun piece to look at with a magnifier. You will like this 'different' piece of Dominican amber.

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Item 4

A fascinating piece of amber.  Unto itself, not beautiful, has a few stress cracks and a strange shape.  It does have a beautiful shore fly in it (with great detail shown - sometimes called a brine fly.),  Diptera, Brachycera, family Ephydridae, genus Beckeriella (I cannot do the species).  Shore flies are tiny flies that can be found near seashores or at smaller inland waters, such as ponds.

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Item 5

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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Item 6

There is a male Psychodid, but the nicest thing in this amber is the psyllid, Psyllidae.  They exude silk to form little balls.  they a\are serious pests to some plants.  No common name.

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Item 7

Here is an ant that for all purposes looks like a queen ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae.  I am not 100% sure, but I think this is one.    They are rare seldom seen.  This shows some very good details about her body.  She is easily seen from one side (not the other).

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Item 8

An interesting  piece of amber.  If you are looking for a piece that shows (with a little magnification) some good animals and you want to give this as a gift since it is nice and not expensive, then this the one.  there is a very large fungus gnat, Diptera, Mycetophilidae that shows banding on the abdomen.  Next to it is a cicada nymph, Homoptera, family Cixidae.  There is a nice female worker ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae and even some smaller animals.

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Item 9

Female Earwig:  This is probably a female earwig since the scissor-like tail is small.  Female earwigs tend their young  until they hatch and become adults.  Earwigs are rare in amber.

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Item 10

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 11

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.  A perfect piece for a pendant, or the special piece for your collection.

Bottom line, this is really a cool piece.


Item 12

This piece has a mite, probably Caeculidae, Caecilus sp.  I like mites for some strange reason - they are always small, but when you see them, they are cool. There is a good milichiid fly, Diptera, Milichidae along with few primitive flies, Nematocera.

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Item 13

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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Item 14

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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Item 15

Dominican Repulic Amber with Fossils

Nice tall cab shape with a lot of forest debris inside.  There is what appears to be a crane fly leg going through, along with a fungus gnat, Diptera, Mycetophilidae. Now here is the strange part:  I am going to guess there is a leg of an insect paying on the fungus gnat - at first I thought it looked like a mighty small portion of a lizard tail - but I do not think that is what it is.

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Item 16

Nice sized piece of amber with lots of ancient air bubbles inside.  Many are small and block perfect viewing.  There is a flat bark beetle, Coleoptera, Cucuiidae along with part of a Bryophyte (plant), a possible planthopper, along with a springtail, Collembola.  Finally it appears there are 1.5 large ants (one has been cut in half) the other one has great detail.  Good price on this one.

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Item 17

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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Item 18

Isopod.  Isopods have seven pairs of legs, corresponding to the last seven thoracic segments.  When disturbed, they roll up into a ball and are so called 'rolly polys' by many.  This is a small piece of Dominican amber.

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Item 19

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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Item 20

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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Item 21

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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Item 22

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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Item 23

Nice clear piece.  It does have some surface glazing.  There is a beautiful tropical stingless bee, Hymenoptera,  tribe Meliponini, genus Proplebeia, species dominicana.

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Item 24

The Anthicidae are a family of beetles that resemble ants. They are sometimes called ant-like flower beetles or ant-like beetles.  The piece is small and shows some surface glazing.  Good if you need this specimen of this family, not a good show piece.

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Item 25

You want a nice sized queen ant - this is it.  The amber is moderate is size, but the queen makes up for it.  She is good, Hymenoptera, Formicidae.  Not only a queen ant buy a beautiful mite, the best of both worlds.  You know, you so seldom see queen ants...........and I have two one one page for sale!

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Item 26

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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Item 27

Every one is always looking for something that will take their breath away.  This is a particularly beautiful specimen.  It just might take your breath away.  The beauty of this is that you can see the piece without a microscope.  It is a planthopper, Homoptera, family Fulgoroidea (I  think). A rare piece.  The main body is there in imprint only - but oh what an imprint (by this I mean most of the surface is missing with mainly an outline remaining.   A smashingly great piece at a VERY acceptable price, enough so that I know you will not find anything comparable at anywhere near the price of this one.

Planthoppers have  wings all of with the hind wings smaller and with delicate venation.  They tend to be weak fliersFine pieces like this are rare in amber.  By the way, it looks like there is a twig in this amber.  This is amber from Mexico (Chiapas).

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Item 28

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

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Item 29

Dominican Repulblic Amber with Fossils

Good sized female worker ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae in an irregular shaped piece of Dominican amber.  Good details under the microscope.

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Item 30

Dominican Repulblic Amber with Fossils

Very clear and beautiful piece of Dominican amber.   There is a lot of debris inside (probably leaf litter from the ground).  Inside are also a number (2 or 3) of worker ants, Hymenoptera, Formicidae.  These are sterile female ants.

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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 $12 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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chiapas amber pendants

Just like above, we have come into a good sized bag of Chiapas pendants.  They are new (the above ones are "old" - at least the silver is). I do not see a lot of bugs in these pieces, but the swirls and shapes are rather attractive.   We are pricing them almost at the price of the Dominican pendants above, but just a bit more..... $14 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 also a super deal!

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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.


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.


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 .


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 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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