It is so to find mosquitos in Dominican amber. Possibly because mosquitos are not attracted by the smell of recently extruded resin from trees. Maybe because there are not normally mammals to feed upon near the resin deposition. None-the-less, you just do not see them very often. Rare and highly prized mosquitos, in the family Culicidae. In this piece there are 3 mosquitos! This is just as cool as it gets. The thought that they might carry the DNA from an animal that was bitten 20 million years ago leads to many flights of the imagination. The deatils are very good on this piece.
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.
Here is an entire collection of planthoppers: Homoptera. An absolutely beautiful collection of 28 Dominican specimens from the La Cumbre mines. This has it all - I suspect even some unknown ones. The scanned image is large and will show and the total sizes.
The humble air bubble. Just think this contains air that might have been around 20 million years ago. This is a flat air bubble - rather unusual. It is about 1/3 of an inch across and about 1/16 of an inch deep. It may contain water, but there is no air bubble inside an air bubble to confirm that.
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.
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 fourth 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 fungus gnat, Diptera, Mycetophilidae and a small fly. Finally, what I final also amazing is that there are patterns on the legs (which I am not familiar with).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 .
dominican blue amber ring
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.