A beautiful large 81gram clear
authentic Burmese Amber Gemstone (Burmite) with a partial reptile foot
this specimen has been examined by paleoentomologists at the
American Museum of Natural History in New York City
$800.00 No Reserve
Some photos of our amber excavations in the Southern US in 2017 and the Dominican Republic June 2014 and March 2016
March 2014 - We have just returned from excavating amber in the Dominican Republic. We excavated in the Los CaCaos, La Bucara and La Cumbre amber mines. This was a good trip, we collected both blue and fossil yellow amber from the same layers in La Cumbre, lots of gemmy amber from La Bucara. There is amazing work being done in the mountains north and east of Santiago We'll post some photos soon along with some cool amber inclusions
Some photos of our amber excavations in the Dominican Republic March 2014
Some photos of our last amber excavations in the Dominican Republic September 2012
Some photos of our last amber excavations in Asia January 2010 (new top secret location for now)
Some photos of our amber excavations in August 2007 at La Toca and La Bucara amber mines
Burmese Amber or Burmite
Burmese Amber (Burmite) is from northern Myanmar it is the only Cretaceous amber deposit in the world that is exploited commercially, as well as the first to have been studied scientifically. Burmite is 98.8 million years old and has been used primarily in carvings for at least two millennia by Chinese peoples. The age of 98.8 million years establishes an earliest Cenomanian age for the fossilized inclusions. The age also indicates that a volcanic eruption occurred at 98.8 million years ago in the vicinity of the Hukawng Valley.
The deposits in the Kachin state of northern Myanmar, are very productive (an estimated 83 tons were exported between 1898 and 1940), and some amber pieces are very large there is a 15 kg stone in the Natural History Museum in London and recently recovered pieces are larger.
The color of Burmese amber stones vary from a transparent yellow to a highly desirable deep red, the amber resists fracturing, is relatively hard (1.2 times harder than Baltic amber), and it receives a beautiful glassy polish. Burmite mining lapsed from just before the independence of Burma from Britain in 1947, and did not resume until the late 1990s. The greatest value of burmite, however is scientific.
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We have been collecting amber in the field and prepping rough fossil amber specimens since 1993. Photographs of our specimens have appeared in National Geographic, Nature, Science, Scientific American, Discover, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times and others. We have been featured in BBC’s production, PaleoWorld's The Amber Hunters. We offer authentic museum quality Dominican and Burmese (Burmite) Amber display specimens of rare insects in amber and also authentic rare rough unprepared amber for sale. We have traveled many times to the Dominican Republic where we have chiseled beautiful amber gemstones out of the lignite layers deep in the amber mines north of Santiago. We have excavated in the Palo Quemado and Los CaCaos blue amber mines and also in La Nueva Toca and the world famous La Toca amber mines way up in the mountains north of Santiago. For many years we have extensively collected mid Cretaceous New Jersey amber in the Raritan formation of central New Jersey and have traveled many times to collect late Cretaceous and early Paleocene amber in the Hanna formation of eastern Wyoming. We have collected mid Cretaceous amber in the Black Creek formation of eastern North Carolina and we have spent weeks collecting mid Cretaceous amber in the northern most Tundra of Alaska. Some of our collecting trips have been in October of 2003 to the western Aleutian Islands some 1000 miles west of Anchorage to explore and collect Miocene amber, August of 2004 and April of 2006 we were back in the Dominican Republic to collect Miocene amber from the Palo Quemado amber mines which have recently closed due to the miners finding little amber, we were back to the Dominican Republic in April of 2006 to video in the La Toca amber mines, and in August of 2007 we excavated in La Toca and La Bucara. We’ve collected Eocene amber in western Indian in the Cambay amber formation. We've done excavations in the Dominican Republic in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Most Recently we have just returned from 2 collecting trips to a Eocene amber deposit in the southern United States in 2017.
We have donated many hundreds of amber specimens to museums in the United States and have several dozen new species of insects in amber named after us. We have examined several thousand specimens of rough Burmese amber and have prepped many new Burmese fossil amber specimens. We have traveled to Europe with colleagues to examine unusual spectacular Dominican Amber specimens in private collections and we consider the amber curators of the museums in Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata and New York City our friends. Exploring for and collecting amber along with the examination and research of amber is our passion.