Dominican Amber Colors

Beside the regular and common “amber” color, Dominican amber comes in green and the most rare blue amber. We also have the natural red variation. But the green and blue are the most interesting and are being copied in an awkward way by many amber manufacturers. It is difficult to do, because the reason for the green and the blue amber is fluorescence.

Plants are photosensitive as such and amber comes from: trees. The resin becomes amber, but what becomes of the rest of the organic material from that tree? It undergoes a similar process as amber and becomes coal. Which is why people digging for coal often find Amber, and people digging for amber often find coal.  And here is another fact: we know that from the incomplete combustion of coal and wood and pretty much any other sort of fire, we can get polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons like Benzo(ghi)perylene which is present as a component of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) content in the environment usually resulting from the incomplete combustion or pyrolysis of organic matters.

Wow! Fascinating, isn’t it? No? If you want to know more about our carvings, go here: Amber carvings catalog.

But if you want to know our theory,

read on.

Another well known hydrocarbon that is fluorescent is anthracene. It is used in the artificial production of dye, wood preservatives, insecticides, and coating materials and rats don’t like it. It is entirely colorless but glows blue under ultraviolet light, and if the anthracene contains traces of naphtacene, then the fluorescent glow may be more green than blue.

fire

Therefore, it is our theory that Dominican green and blue Amber may be the result of a fire, giving inclusions of possible ash residue as evidence. Our theory is based on the fact, that spectral analysis revealed that the spectra of the hydrocarbons in Dominican amber are very similar in shape to those of diluted solutions of anthracene, perylene, and tetracene. Their emission occurs nearly exactly in the same spectral range of blue/green Dominican amber, indicating that the fluorescent hydrocarbon responsible for the green and blue fluorescence is most likely perylene.

Duck carved with green, red and yellow Dominican amber.

Duck carved with green, red and yellow Dominican amber.

Just enjoy the natural colors you will find in our Dominican amber and the wonderful carvings we can offer you.