Natural Caribbean Amber


The only island in the Caribbean where amber is found is the Dominican Republic.

But, and this is most amazing, besides the green and the regular honey, brown, black etc. it also is found in purple, eggplant, teal and the most rare BLUE.  Although its existence has been known since the descovery of the island “La Hispaniola” by Christopher Colombus, Dominican amber mines are only a major source of amber during the last 50 years. But, because there is not much publicity, uninformed people who have not bought it on a visit to the island, don’t even know about it. Seems that some still have to discover the “New World”, 500 years after Colombus. Never mind, not even some Dominicans know about it either. Why? Because there is very little of it.

The outcrop of Dominican amber is much, much less than Baltic amber, therefore it is RARE in the true meaning and not all over the world.  Hence, it is not the amber jewelry you will see in the Supermarket next door or at the flea market in your neighborhood. And – this is VERY important – it is never treated, never “enhanced”, just natural amber as it comes from the mines. The real McCoy. 


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There are different versions of Dominican green amber, the rare translucent kind (which the copy-cats imitate and call “Caribbean Amber”), also an opaque green, a green with black stripes (almost marble), a bluish green, smokey green, olive green etc.

And it is all NATURAL. Just the way it is found in the mines!

Dominican Green Amber

NATURAL



"Caribbean Amber" 


On the market you will find a green amber that is also called  "Caribbean Amber" .  Some say, it's found on an "undisclosed small Caribbean island" or "discovered recently on one of the Caribbean islands".  Sounds Caribbean-romantic, Disneyworld-style, but far too mysterious to be true. The supplier will not tell you on what island it is found, right?

Others state that Caribbean amber comes from the island of Dominica. Wrong again. (Maybe they muddle "Dominican Republic" with "Dominica" because of similar names.) But, there is no amber mined and exported from there. Check the Dominica Government Export Agency .

Fact is that what commonly is sold as "Caribbean Amber" is not old, green amber as they say, but enhanced Colombian copal (young amber). See: "Caribbean Amber" at Wikipedia, the Oneline Encyclopaedia.


Colombian Copal is placed in an autoclave devise and physically aged. It can also be treated similar to what they do in the Baltics with their amber to achieve artificially  different colors and transparency. Surprised? See here. 


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