Dominican Amber

Item 1

Sometimes I am sure about the insects, sometime not.  This is one of those times I am not sure, but do think this is a female earwig, order Dermaptera.  You can see a partial wing display.   It is a nice cab shaped with the earwig visible better on the side (as opposed to looking down at it).  Clear good piece.

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$27

Item 2

This is quite the piece.  I have never seen a seed like this before (and I am assuming it is a seed).  Strong stalk with a feathery head.  If anyone has an idea about what kind of seed this is, I would love to know. I can tell that it is a wind borne seed.   The feathery head is large, over an inch in diameter.  There is a beautiful winged termite on the other side of this piece.  There is also a small wasp.   All-in-all, it is a great piece of Dominican amber.

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$647

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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$67

Item 4

A nice piece of amber.  This has a cockroach, Orthoptera:Blattidae.  The roach is nice under the microscope, but very small without optical aids.  It is a nymph. 

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$23

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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$770

Item 6

A rare piece.  This is  a larval case of a tineid moth.  The larva is often found in damp basements and garage walls, moving very slowly.  Tineids live is portable, protective cases made out of waste and fecal material.

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$66

Item 7

I almost always know what I put up for sale. This one I am not sure, a wasp? an ant? But that is not the cool bit. Look closely and you will see fungal hyphae all over this animal. Not only that but it appears that there are some fungal fruiting bodies. I have never seen these before.

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$41

Item 8

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.

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$118

Item 9

Praying mantis's are rare and highly prized by collectors.  This has a juvenile praying mantis inside the Dominican amber.  In this  piece, the mantis is easily seen, in particular from one side than the other.  Order Orthoptera, this is one that is ready for a collection.

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$875

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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$875

Item 11

A rather interesting piece that is supposed to be put into a jewelry setting.  Approximately 1.5 x 1 x .33 inches in size this is cut to be in a broach (or similar setting).  Nice look to it and very well priced.

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$30

Item 12

Part of a winged termite, Isoptera and a small springtail, 2 planthoppers, Homoptera, an ant like flower beetle, Coleoptera, Anthicidae.

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$27

Item 13

A curled up ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae.  That being said the ant is fairly large.  The best part about this is that there is an air bubble inside the ant that moves when you turn the piece over.  The air bubble is not real obvious, but it is a good sized one when you do spot it.  I have often wondered if there could by any dangerous viruses inside the water around the air bubble.  If there were, the world could be a dangerous place with the 20 million year old virus.  There are a few black scavenger flies also.

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$61

Item 14

This is a fun one. First, it is NOT Dominican, but it is Mexican amber from Chiapas. Second, this is an interesting piece. Some debris inside along with a large worker termite, Isoptera. Now the cool bit: it has a large bubble inside. This is often called an en-hydro. It is a bubble that you can see move when the amber is tipped. I look at that, know there is water inside the termite's body and wonder. Any bacteria in the water? Any viruses? What would happen if you accidentally broken open the piece and released the water? Here is a very recent article about ancient viruses and bacteria. Is there a bug that would wipe out human kind? Just fun stuff to think about. Here is a good one - a video of the bubble moving, take a look.

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$634

Item 15

This is a piece of Chiapas amber that has a beautiful moving air bubble in an elongated shape.  I am including a few mpg (videos) of the piece to show you the movement.  I do marvel at the age of the water that is in the piece.  Just image what water that is 20 million years old -  what it might contain!

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SOLD

Item 16

This has 2 termites, specifically, nasute castes. This specialized caste has a pointed snout with poison-filled sacs with which it attacks invaders of the colony.  There are also a few gall gnats, Diptera, Cecidomyiidae.

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SOLD

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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$32

Item 18

This one I am not sure, but I do know it is large (about .4 inches). Maybe it is a termite without wings. The body is interesting and I am just not sure. My lack of knowledge is your gain on this.

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$61

Item 19

I like this one.  The amber is very clear and the beetle is easily seen (albeit small).  The beetle is a flat footed ambrosia beetle, Coleoptera, Playtpodidae.


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$42

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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$2,389

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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$43

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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SOLD

Item 23

Very nice clear piece of Dominican amber with a single (hard to see) unknown fly. Good price on this.

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$19

Item 24

Smallish piece with the elusive terrestrial isopod.

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$16

Item 24

Item 25

This is a good shaped cab with a single beetle - so easily seen also.  The beetle is a leaf beetle, Coleoptera, Chrysophilidae.  there is a small midge also (midges are all small) Good piece of amber.

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SOLD

Item 26

46.5 grams of clear yellow amber. This huge piece has bits and pieces of leaves and also a flower. Great piece to put on your desk for everyone to see. Lots of air bubbles also (that makes it cool).

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$280

Item 27

I hate to sound wishy-washy, but I am not sure. This is probably a Coleoptera, Colydidae, a large cylindrical bark beetle. It is difficult to see, but this is a very unique specimen - maybe new!

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$28

Item 28

This is a big piece of amber, about 48 grams, 2.75 x 2 x 1 inch.  The piece has a small leaflet (small being about .3 inches) which stands out very well.  The insides are littered with great looking debris, including a number of small insects, a biting midge, numerous flies and a number of small unknowns.  A very nice piece of a desk ornament or a piece that you just want to study further.  Don't buy this for the insects, but do buy it for the size and beauty of the leaflet.

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$158

Item 29

Coleoptera, Homoptera, super family Fulgoroidea, planthoppers.  It looks like the animal died on one layer and then covered in another.

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$58

Item 30

This is a rare piece.  There are a number of "pill bugs", it appears there are 3.  One is rare, 3 are unheard of.  This is an isopod.  Isopods have seven pairs of legs, corresponding to the last seven thoracic segments.  Isopods, along with shrimp, crabs, lobsters and water fleas, are crustaceans.  They dwell in damp environments such as river banks or beaches or inhabit tree stumps and humus.  They feed mainly on fungi or scavenge.  When disturbed, their body roll up into a ball for protection (thus the name roly-poly or pill-bug).  There is also a beetle larvae (fairly good sized) with the isopods.  The amber has what I would call an 'irregular' shape to it.

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SOLD

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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$12

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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$14

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

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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

chiapas amber ring

Blue Amber Ring Dominican

This is a ring made of solid Chiapas amber.  Looks like a size 9.  The sides are ornate and everything goes together well.  Not what I would call a delicate ring, this has substance.
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SOLD

chiapas amber ring

Blue Amber Ring Dominican

This is a size 6 ring made of pure Chiapas amber.  There is a heart right at the top.  Well made and if you wear a size 6, then this might be yours.
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$75

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