Real Caribbean Amber is Dominican Amber-- By some it is not even considered "Amber" but "Retinite". See Chemistry of Amber
Caribbean amber is only a major source of amber during the last 50 years, although its existence has been known about since the times of the descovery of the island
by Christopher Colombus. There is not much publicity, some people don't even know about it.
The outcrop of Dominican amber is much less than Baltic amber, 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.
Industrialized? No way.
Caribbean amber is found in a wide range of natural colors, some exclusively Dominican, wich also places it as a class apart.
Dominican amber is generally not enhanced by heat and oil treatment or autoclaved. It is cut and polished fossil resin, just the
way it comes from the mines. True, it might be a bit more expensive, because it is not industrialized. It is more like "hand made" and original.
The occurrence of insects in Caribbean Amber is about 10 times higher than in Baltic amber. Dominican amber is also 90 percent more transparent.
Therefore, inclusions are more visible. See also Fossils in Dominican Amber
Caribbean Amber from the Dominican Republic is a bit softer than the older sister from the Baltic, but can be cut and polished with much success.
Especially Asian craftsmen make excellent figures with this Caribbean Amber from the Dominican Republic.