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!
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, even some Dominicans don’t 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.
The Truth about
Green Caribbean Amber
On the market you will find a pale green amber 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, 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 .
What commonly is sold as "Caribbean Amber" is not natural, old, green "amber", but mostly enhanced (autoclaved = heated under pressure) Colombian copal (young amber). As is happens with many originals, copies are made for the gullible. See: "Caribbean Amber" at Wikipedia, Oneline Encyclopaedia
Then there is enhanced and artificially colored Baltic amber to resemble green amber, most of the times with beautiful "sun spangles" or "scales". Sometimes the "green" gems are even painted on the back with some black paste and then baked. See: Brilliant Green Baltic Amber On Today's Market by Amerheritage.
Man-made color variation of Colombian Copal or of the ordinary Baltic amber.
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