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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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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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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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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Item 5

Centrally placed flower.  The flower has a long petiole.  This is a very easily seen flower.

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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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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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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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Item 9

Nice shape to this piece.  It has a single flower (I cannot see the sepals or stamens).  The flower is easily seen in a sea of yellow.


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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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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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Item 12

Square shape to this piece.  It has what I am assuming to be a flower.  Looks like old fashioned club - it is probably a flower that has not fully opened yet.  Fun to look at.

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Item 13

A lovely piece with on sprig of a Bryophyte running clear through the piece.  Particularly nice, this is clear and shows the mossy bryophyte very well.  You are going to love the detail is this one.

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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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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!


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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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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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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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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Item 21

This is a big chunk of amber.   It is about 1" x 1" x .75" x .75" in size.  The leaflet is about .6 inches in length.  I will guess that this is a leaf from a mimosoid (Lenuminoseae).  This is a nice piece.  There are also some ants, wasps, flies  and other small animals, but the leaflet is the big one.

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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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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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Item 24

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

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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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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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Item 28

This has a beautiful flower - you can even see all the parts.    Not far from the flower is what looks like a mixture of flowers (maybe just moss?) and even some insect wingsIt does have a wasp or two also.

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