"Jurassic Park?" Remember the movie. They produced dinosaur DNA from the blood absorbed by an insect in the amber. This is a very sensational thing!
Of course, even though it is all science fiction, there is a real science behind it that would make it a very interesting scenario to think about. I remember shopping in a nature store when the film first came out and saw the renewed excitement of people showing jewelry on insect amber.
Some kind of fossils are certainly attractive, but amber fossils are particularly delicate, as they are often protected in such a delicate 3-D detail. It also includes soft parts and details such as cell structure. These amber fossils are a window into the past, we just don't get from other fossils as an impression on a rock!
In fact, the amber itself is nothing more than an insect and other creatures that have been in existence for a while. Amber is a permanent tree stump, also called resin. The exact process of making the tree stem fossil is still a mystery and therefore cannot be replicated in a laboratory. This makes the amber very special and highly sought after.
Amber is found all over the world, but the two areas with the highest concentration are the Baltic region of Eastern Europe and the Dominican Republic. Baltic amber has been traded on a larger scale and longer than Dominican amber. In fact, until the 1960s, the world began to become more familiar with the Dominican amber. However, the local Taino was known long before 400 AD. It was used for decoration purposes and was found associated with graves. Amber deposits in the Dominican Republic have been known to Christopher Columbus and Spanish colonists since the late 1490s, as the Taino people gave them amber necklaces when they first arrived. At the same time, the Spaniards have such a thought-provoking focus on gold that they have largely forgotten about amber.
In the 1960s, the Germans began digging amber in the Dominican Republic, and rough fragments of amber were exported from the Dominican Republic for processing. In the late 1970s, the Dominican government began to consider the value of amber as a national natural resource and passed a law that would not be allowed to export this source unless it was handled by local Dominican artists. This has saved some of the country's natural resources.
Tourists visiting any region of the Dominican Republic today can find Dominican amber jewelry and other fine amber items for sale in open markets, beach stands, traditional shops and museums. In fact, it is one of the hottest products on the Dominican market, which often causes people to forget that it is difficult.
Most of the toughest and oldest and best-known Dominican amber is found in the La Cumbre mountain range north of Santiago and south of Puerto Plata. It is high in the mountains and can only be reached by foot or donkey. It is also adhered to the linignite layers of sandstone and should be removed from the cloth and hand. It is therefore very difficult to make a mine, and it requires special skills and hard work. So, when shopping for Dominican amber jewelry, remember how difficult it is to get this beautiful loss and understand why it can and should do so at a higher price than other jewelry.
Dominican amber is considered to be of higher quality than the Baltic amber for two main reasons. First, the Dominican amber is more transparent compared to the Baltic Amber, so you can see exactly what is stuck inside. In fact, the Baltic Amber is quite dark by comparison and is full of artifacts that make it difficult to pass. Second, the Dominican amber has about 10 times more subtle subtleties than insecticides, like the Baltic Amber. We will examine these reasons in more detail below.
When you take a piece of Dominican amber, you keep a piece of precious history in your hands – literally! The Dominican amber comes from the tree stem of Hymenaea protera, a tree that is associated with the exhausted but modern algarrobo tree. However, DNA testing is thought to be more closely related to another species of Hymenaea found in Africa, which was previously extinct. In fact, all the Hymenaea trees in the Caribbean are thought to have formed from hard seed pods floating through the same route hurricanes in the southern equatorial Africa. It is thought that the trees, which were created by the Dominican amber, dominated the tropical rainforests of the ancient Caribbean 20 to 40 million years ago. These impressive trees reached a height of 82 feet (25 meters).
Most of the Dominican amber comes in the same color shades you can find at different points: straw yellow, deeper gold, orange and brown. However, the Dominican amber also comes in other colors that are more rare and therefore highly valued by collectors. Red amber is sometimes caused by surface oxidation and can be quite beautiful. The green amber is more rare, and the most rare is the blue amber. Both green and blue amber fluoresce these colors under natural sunlight, and most are considered the most beautiful amber species.
One of the reasons why the Baltic amber is so opaque compared to the Dominican amber is that it is often filled with small air bubbles. This is why Baltic amber is sometimes referred to as "bone amber" because it can resemble a bone. The Baltic Amber is often treated with high pressure and temperature to remove these bubbles and to create a clearer and lighter scent. It often leaves strips of noticeability along the amber piece. Dominican amber does not need to be exposed to such stresses and therefore is more practical and often more valuable.
Blue amber is found almost exclusively in the Dominican Republic, but you must be careful not to buy the original when you buy. A piece of blue amber jewelry, especially an attractive piece, is almost always worth more than a piece of gold amber. If you find an inexpensive cheap blue amber piece, pay attention to the buyer! Remember that about 220 pounds (100 kg) of blue amber are discovered each year, so the market should never be flooded with blue amber jewelry.
It is also worth noting that all true Dominican amber is painted blue under UV light. In fact, it is a technique used to determine if a Dominican amber is real. Copal, which is a hardened tree stump, but is not completely amplified, is sometimes sold as deceptive "amber," but it does not fluoride under UV light.
Dominican amber jewelry and other Dominican amber pieces can greatly enhance the value of each piece. Flying insects found in the Dominican amber, ants, unstable bees, sweat bees, insects, fungus gnats, sandbags, small cricketers, moths, spiders, scallops, parasitic beetles, macroscopic organisms, parasitic beetles, megalithias, and parasitic organisms. You will also find leaves, flower petals, plant roots, untouched eggs, spores and pollen. In larger sections, you will even get rare amphibians, reptiles, or mushrooms! These works can bring happiness and are often kept as museum items.
In addition to jewelry, some collectors collect extraordinarily beautiful amber pieces. These can be more unique or unusual color. All proceeds have a definite scientific value, but some are so valuable to the scientific community that they are not allowed to be evicted by the Dominican Museum of Natural History.
Dominicans are increasingly aware of the value of amber sources and therefore the value of this amber is growing rapidly. The Dominican Amber is a true treasure, and one of the advantages of traveling to the Dominican Republic is the opportunity to buy his favorite piece. Finding a Dominican Amber somewhere else is becoming more and more difficult every day.