"Dominican amber is up to 40 million years old. "

It is hard, completely polymerized amber, perfect for carving and polishing to a high sheen.

About Dominican Amber

Amber from the Dominican Republic can be cut and polished with much success. Whoever gives you a different advise probably lacks the technical knowledge, has only industrial production methods in mind, is not well informed and up to date or is just being unfair for competitive reasons.

Dominican amber is up to forty million years old and fully polymerized. See latest studies:  New York Times, October 29, 2006 . No wonder that international artists make detailed and highly polished carvings from this hard, old, Dominican Amber.

Chinese dragon made from blue Dominican amber

Chinese dragon made from blue Dominican amber

Chinese dragon made from blue Dominican amber

Much information about Dominican Amber, its advantages and how it is mined you will find in the book The Amber Forest: A Reconstruction of a Vanished World by George Poinar, Jr., and Roberta Poinar. You might also want to consult Discovering the lost world of the amber forests by the BBC Radio.More references see at Amber Literature Links

The Origin of Natural Dominican Amber Colors

Instead of the gold the Spanish conquistadores were searching for, amber became to be one of the the real treasure of “La Hispaniola”, the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

This island many times in the past experienced the outbrake of volcanos, probably its very creation depended on it.

All the amber found here has a more or less blue reflection under ultra violet light. Some of the amber even reflects the UV rays of the sun and of other light sources. This is the real BLUE amber, GREEN amber and even PURPLE amber.

One theory links the rare properties Dominican amber to the occurrence of volcanic ash or dust which was present when the resin was first pressed out from hymenaea protera millions of years ago.

Dominican Amber green, blue and red in one specimen

Dominican Amber: green, blue and red in one specimen

Another suggests that due to volcanic activity hot lava must have flown over those areas where amber was buried under ground. Experiments have shown that a changes of color occur when normal amber is heated up.

But, it also could have been forest fires that caused the fluorescence of Blue Amber. When digging for coal, miners often find amber, and people digging for amber often find coal.

So probably it took a fire to produce these fluorescent molecules like anthracene and/or perylene to cause this fluorescence. This might be the reason for all the rare colors of Dominican Amber: blue, green, red and even purple.

So, no matter which of the theories you prefer, the fact is: Dominican Amber is not “color enhanced” and “autoclaved” by humans like most of the Baltic amber sold on the market. No need. Mother Nature took care of that. It is rare, natural amber in all the meaning of the words.

Amber Gallery

Since Dominican amber has been on the world market, many gifted artists have begun to make marvels from of Dominican amber and especially Dominican Blue and Green Amber. They have produced gemstones, jewelry, sculptures and very rare collector’s items, cut in unique shapes and forms and highly polished, even with diamond powder.

Akira Obata, Japan The Amberboy, Taiwan Jas Li, China Leo Li, China Lu Amber, China Lydia Sun, China

Jas Li, China

 

Most of the amber carvings we sell are made here, in the Caribbean. But in this exhibition we would like to present to you some of the beautiful creations made by some of the most talented Asian artists from Dominican natural blue and green amber.