Dominican Amber Inclusions

Dominican Amber is renowned for the diversity of inclusions it contains. The occurrence of insects as inclusions in Dominican Amber is about 10 times higher than in Baltic amber. Amber lovers, scientists and collectors alike value Dominican Amber for the the window it opens, maybe not into Jurassic epoch but into the mysterious past of our wonderful planet. This fact gave way to the background story of Spielberg’s movie ‘JURASSIC PARK’ in which Dominican amber played a major role.

Enhydros (air and water inclusions) may enhance the color effect and add beauty to a piece of amber, even dust particles and stalactite formations might be interesting for scientists, jewelers and collectors alike. Amber from the Dominican Republic is renowned for the diversity of inclusions it contains.

Amber lovers, scientists and collectors alike value Dominican Amber for the three rare “treasures”, inclusions, which are scorpions, lizards and frogs. Probably only 30 to 40 scorpions, maybe 20 to 25 lizards and 9 or 10 frogs have been found worldwide. But inclusions like plants, insects, worms or even small vertebrates are even more fascinating.

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Colombian Copal Inclusions

Colombian Copal is rather young compared with amber from the Baltic or from the Dominican Republic. But, it is a fact that the most fossiliferous “amber” originates in Colombia, albeit it has become fairly widespread that all fossil resin from Colombia is called copal. 

Fact is, we have no dates or specific geological information on Colombian copal or Colombian amber. Because of it’s color and hardness, some scientists believe it may be Pliocene or Pleistocene, probably about 2 to 3 million years old, in some regions even up to 16 million years old, but in others much, much younger (Santander) and may only count with some thousands, or some hundreds of years.

The amber versus copal distinction is lost on many geologists and paleontologists that are aware that scientific data is unavailable to determine the age of fossil resins from this region.  But you might find spectacular types and concentrations of inclusions in copal for less money and we can offer you copal that is loaded with fascinating inclusions for only a fraction of what you would pay for equal specimen in “old” amber.

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Amber Inclusions for Sale

Amber from the Caribbean is a hardened  tree resin (not sap) from the ancient algarroba tree (hymenaea protera), consisting of compounds of terpenes, alcohols, and esters. Trees produced it as protection against disease and insect infestation. The chemical composition of the resin acted as desiccant and antibiotic which caused that animals like insects and small non-insects, when caught in the resin, they were entrapped as inclusions and preserved as dehydrated fossil amber inclusions, but without the shrinking effect dehydrations usually causes. They were kept as fossil inclusions in such a way that their cellular structure and even fragments of the DNA can still be found today.

What kinds of inclusions can be found here in these regions? Beetles, bees, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, planthoppers, leafhoppers, cicadas, aphids, ants, flees, fireflies, ticks, butterflies, moths, crickets, cockroaches, centipedes, millipedes, bark lice, thrips, true Bugs, lacewings, dusty-wings, beetles, scorpions / pseudo-scorpions, spiders, web spinners, mantises, flies, fireflies, wasps and more…

And what do we have available for you?

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