True Green Amber

The only island in the Caribbean where amber is found is the Dominican Republic. At least up to now.

But, and this is most amazing, besides the regular honey, brown and black, it is found in green. true green Caribbean amber, old enough to be called “amber”. And this is not all. It also is found in purple, eggplant, teal and the most rare blue.  Although its existence has been known since the discovery of the island “La Hispaniola” by Christopher Columbus, Dominican amber mines are only a major source of amber during the last 50 or so years.

Unfortunately, because there is not much publicity, uninformed people who have not bought it on a visit to the island, may not even know about it and therefore place the origin of Amber in the Baltic, Lithuania, Poland, Russia etc.  Seems that some still have to discover the “New World”. LOL

Fact is that in the Dominican Republic you will find the original. old Caribbean green amber with an age of between 20 and 40 million years.

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Dominican green amber

In natural amber one piece never looks like the other. This also is true with Dominican amber, green or other colors. Most of the time it has some natural inclusions as characteristics that make it unique. But people easily get brain-washed as you may be aware of. They are being told that amber has to be clear, pure, transparent like glass, and they believe it because most of them have no idea what amber and amberization are all about. And because of this, they fall easy prey to the mass industry.

Industrial amber is much easier to handle, which is a great advantage in mass production. It’s like cookie-cutting. For this reason, most of the Baltic amber also is transformed and modified (they call it “enhanced”) from its original condition to beautiful beads and cabochons in a rainbow of colors – that look all the same.

Some say, famous “Caribbean amber”  is found on an “undisclosed small Caribbean island” or “discovered recently on one of the Caribbean islands”.

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How to buy green amber

You need to make sure if you want the old natural green amber from the Caribbean, the Dominican Green Amber – as there is no other Caribbean Island where amber has been found.  Of if you want the cheaper version of green amber, the so called “Caribbean Amber” made from much younger Colombian copal. It is very attractive (specially when you look at the price)  and it is the green amber that is mostly being offered in jewelry on TV, web sites and many gem shows. Now, we are in the lucky position to offer you both. Just tell us what you need.

The original old Dominican kind or green amber is a bit more expensive, though. But it is all NATURAL, old green amber, just the way it is found in the mines without any enhancement or modifications.

There are different versions of Dominican green amber, the rare translucent kind, also an opaque green, a green with black stripes (almost marble), a bluish green, smokey green, olive green etc.

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