Amber, Copal and Baltic Amber specimens with Insects inside

Baltic Amber


What is Amber?

Amber is fossilized tree resin produced millions of years ago. It is prized for its beauty and often used in making jewelry. Insects were often trapped inside the resin providing exciting and thought provoking specimens. Although amber has been used for many years, it's role in the movie "Jurassic Park" brought it to the attention of millions of people.

When you purchase an amber specimen from us, you can be assured it is the real thing. There is a lot of fake amber on the market and people have come up with ingenious ways of making making it attractive to buyers. Caveat emptor - Let the buyer beware. For more information about amber, check our links page.

What is Baltic Amber?

Baltic Amber is some of the finest found anywhere in the world. It originates from the Baltic Sea area close to Kaliningrad, Russia along the coasts of Samland. It is also found in the mines of Palmniken where it is extracted from a glauconitiche sand layer. Baltic Amber is sometimes referred to as Succinite because of its great content of succinico acid (3% to 8%). The coloration can be yellow, orange-tawny, red-tawny and a rare yellow-green.

Each of our pieces of fine quality Baltic Amber comes in a magnifier box and with at least one photo of the specimen showing the insect(s) trapped inside.

What is Copal?

Copal is fossil resin from pine-like trees. The difference between Copal and Amber is that Amber is much older. Amber and Copal both feel warm when handled. Both emit a "piney" odor when heated. They are both very lightweight and float in water and both are prized as gemstones.

Specimen
Photo #1
Item # Item Description Price
amber
F100
Columbian Copal - From a Cretaceous deposit in Columbia, South America. Hundreds of thousands of years old. These are unpolished 1" specimens in a plastic bag with an information card. $ 4.50
amber
F122a
Rough Baltic Amber - One-inch unpolished specimen comes in a plastic bag with an information card. $ 5.00
F122b
Rough Baltic Amber - 1.5 inch unpolished specimen in a plastic bag with an information card. $ 7.00

Insects in Amber

Please note that each of the specimens shown below is unique and we have ONLY the one shown. What you see is what you get.
Specimen
Photo #1
Specimen
Photo #2
Item # Item Description Price
amber amber
F101
Midge - Contains a aphid. Size is approximately 15x10x4mm. SOLD
amber amber
F102
Fly - Contains a Fly. Size is approximately 9x8x6mm. SOLD
amber amber
F103
Beetle - Contains a Beetle. Size is approximately 17x15x4mm. SOLD
amber amber
F104
Fly - Contains a fly. Size is approximately 12x10x5mm. This one has been drilled to be used as a bead. SOLD
amber amber
F105
Midge - Contains a midge. Size is approximately 10x8x4mm. SOLD
amber amber
F106
Midge - Contains a Midge. Size is approximately 18x12x9mm. SOLD
amber amber
F107
Midge - Contains a midge. Size is approximately 12x8x4mm. SOLD
amber amber
F108
Fungus Gnat - Contains a fungus gnat. Size is approximately 16x11x5mm. SOLD
amber amber
F109
Fly - Contains a Fly. Size is approximately 25x9x4mm. SOLD
amber amber
F110
Fly - Contains a fly. Size is approximately 20x15x6mm. SOLD
amber amber
F111
Beetle and Fly - Contains a beetle and a fly. Size is approximately 12x12x7mm. SOLD
amber amber
F112
Cricket - Contains a Cricket. Size is approximately 20x18x3mm. SOLD

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