Chiapas Botanicals

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).

Item 1

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.

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$260

Item 2

An interesting piece, irregular in shape.  It has a series of Bryophyte branching sprigs.  Along with that there is a female worker ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae and a weevil, Coleoptera, Super-family, Curculionoidea, Lechrioponae.

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$41

Item 3

Rather interesting piece.  This has a 'rare' lacewing, Planipennia along with a flower.  The flower is elongated and a little bit different from what I have seen.  Definitely a different piece.

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$67

Item 4

This is a  mind boggling piece.  Just a beautiful piece.  This is a very long chain of flowers and very impressive.  I can see the individual parts of the flowers.  In fact, there are 3 sections of flowers, one going lengthwise and the other 2 on the sides.  Nothing like giving someone a bunch of flowers!  There are 2 ants, Hymenoptera, Formicidae, with one I am fairly sure is a square headed ant, subfamily Zacryptocerus.

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$222

Item 5

Large, flat, elongated coin shaped piece of amber with a LOT of moss inside.  Really cool.  This will provide a lot a of viewing time for you.  There are also some insects inside this gem.

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$141

Item 6

A rather large piece of amber that contains some very long BryophytesThere are 2 poorly preserved winged termites along with ants and single fungus gnat, Mycetophilidae.  It is a good piece.

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$120

Item 7

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.

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$290

Item 8

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.

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$1,240

Item 9

Thick piece of amber.  This has a small leaflet inside, which a chewing area that is visible.  Looks like something took a bite out of the loaf.  A good story here. Also there is a rare mayfly (very rare) and few parasitic wasps.

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$99

Item 10

This nice sized piece has a stem with many leaves coming off the stem.  On top of that there are a bunch of ants, Hymenoptera.  Interesting piece with a lot of stuff to it.

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$99

Item 11

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.

 

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$262

Item 12

I get a kick out of Bryophytes.  I like it even better when I can see them without a microscope.  You do not need a microscope to see this beauty.  Impressive piece.

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$93

Item 13

I just do not know what this is.  Could be part of a very large insect - or even an animal.   I am going to wildly guess that this is an internodal segment of a fairly large stemmed plant.  that is a guess.  It is more and .5 inches in length.

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$112

Item 14

Large, irregular shaped piece with perfect floral parts.  The piece is almost 3 x 1.5 inches in size.  There are some ancient air bubbles and a bit of forest debris.  The beauty is the single flower off centered.

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$110

Item 15

While this looks like the flower is eating a lacey insect, it is just coincidental.  The flower is in good shape and has all the parts visible.  the insect is just plain fun to look at.  The scan is not good and the piece is better than it appears on the scan.

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$77

Item 16

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!

$1,900

Item 17

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.

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$159

Item 18

Usually I have a pretty good idea what I am showing.  With this one, I am just not sure.  It is botanical in nature.  It is not a flower, but the only thing I know that this reminds of is some sphagnum moss.  Please note that I am not saying it is this, but it the closest I can think of.....

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$124

Item 19

What a specimen. If you like botanicals, you will love this one. A great leaf separation..... and it shows so well. Just a beautiful piece that does not require a microscope to appreciate. In fact, it is rather large for a microscope.

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SOLD

Item 20

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.

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$496

Item 21

Here is what this looks like:  a venus fly trap.  It really does - but I know of no venus fly traps in amber, so I will 'nix' this apparent visual assumption.  I really do not know what this is, but it is cool.

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$89

Item 22

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!

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$589

Item 23

I am going to assume that this is an 'old' flower.  The petals are gone and it looks like all that is left are the filaments.  A rather interesting specimen.  I seldom see flowers like this. The amber is an elongated rectangle.

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$94

Item 24

An irregular shaped piece of amber.  This has a unique barbed branch.  It is a clear piece.

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$89

Item 25

Large - and everything you see as 'dark' is plant material - flowers?    At first I thought they were flowers, but looking carefully, I am not sure, moss?  Just not sure, but I am sure this is a great piece.

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$225

Item 27

Squarish piece of Chiapas amber.  This has a "bunch" of moss near the bottom of the piece.  Fascinating to look at under the microscope - but easily seen without one.  This is a nice piece.

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$123

Item 28

A large clear piece of Chiapas amber.  There is a single leaflet (or leaf) that is easily visible.  In addition there are a number of other small insects, gnats, flies and a small parasitic wasp.   This is a good piece, measuring about 3 x 1.5 x .5 inches.

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SOLD

Item 29

Just a beautiful leafModerate sized amber with a very visible leaf.  The leaf shows interesting detail.

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$112

Item 30

this is different.  It might not be a flower.  Looks like a bunch of very small grapes.  I have seen this before (twice) but still do not know what it is.

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$28

Item 31

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In the Dominican Republic and Mexico, the tree that produced the copious amounts of resin that eventually became amber is from the Hymenaea treeHymenaea 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.

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$1,900

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