Chiapas Amber with Insects
Chiapas Amber with Insect Inclusions
priced by carat weight
natural fossilized mineraloid
Hand polished by artisans in Chiapas Mexico
Keep in mind that due to exposure and necessary extraction methods crystals may not have perfect faces/points/edges.
Amber is an organic material made up of fossilized natural botanic resins; it is a mixture of hydrocarbons with a hardness of 2 to 2.5. The ancient Greek term for Amber was elektron, a word referring to the sun. Amber is known to develop an electric charge when rubbed, and our word ‘electricity’ derives from the ancient Greek term for Amber.
Amber varies in color from yellow to brown or reddish brown, and is often transparent. Frequently it contains bits of plant material or fossil insects, some dating as far back as 120 million years ago.
Amber has been fashioned into jewelry and ornaments for thousands of years. In Egypt, it was used at least 4,500 years ago, and Amber beads dating back to 2000 B.C. have been found in Crete. -excerpts on Amber are from the Book of Stones, pages 18-19