Dominican amber is never enhanced or modified. It is natural in all the meaning of the word. In natural amber one piece never looks exactly like the other. This occurs very seldom and makes it therefore very expensive. But people easily get brain-washed as you may be aware of. They are being told that most amber is 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 the Baltic mass production that transforms and modifies natural amber (they call it “enhanced”) from its original condition into beautiful beads and cabochons in a rainbow of colors – that look all the same. Which is no problem and even beautiful. Learn more at http://naturalamber.com Just tell the customer what he is buying and don’t call it “natural”.
Some Baltic amber producers go even farther in this deception. They produce some “green amber” jewelry by applying black paint to the back of their yellow amber cabochons, which makes it look green.
And there is the “Caribbean Amber”, beautiful green amber, clean and well presented. They say it comes from some mysterious and undisclosed island in the Caribbean, recently discovered.
Sounds Caribbean-romantic, Disneyworld-style, but far too mysterious to be true. The supplier will not tell you on what island it is found, 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.
The truth is that the green amber that is sold as “Caribbean Amber” is young Colombian Copal that has been “aged” in an autoclave machine. Just like you ripe bananas artificially to sell them in Europe where they don’t grow. There is nothing to say against it (neither the bananas nor the copal). And if you are looking for this kind of amber, we also can sell it to you as we are situated in the Caribbean. Check out: http://greenamber.info. It is much cheaper than the old, natural green amber. But again: we think it is just fair to tell the customer what he is buying, which is what we do. Honestly.
But the natural old green amber definitely comes from the Dominican Republic. We have it for you.