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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I will quote you a price for all 1,000 giant pieces.
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.