The fossil resin of the Dominican Republic is believed to have been encountered already by Columbus during his second expedition to the West Indies in the 1494.
Burmite comes from northern Myanmar (formerly Burma) and the neighbouring countries; it has been mined, as an artistic material, since the time of the Chinese Han dynasty. Read More.
Most famous Museums, Galleries and Amber Collections
or succinite, as it is called by mineralogists, is not only
a jewelry stone, but also a witness of life dating back to
at least 40 million years ago. Inclusions in the form of small insects and fragments of plants are an excellent research material for palaeontologists and the subject of interest
of hobbyists and collectors.
Its organic origins are no longer a mystery to anyone. Understanding the processes responsible for transforming tree resin into amber is, however, more problematic.
Where does it come from and how do various forms of amber arise?
On this page you will find answers to these and many other questions.
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How do various forms
Amber is never found in shapeless or accidental forms. Natural amber forms depended primarily on
Questions about the colour and translucency of amber are among the most frequently asked
Succinite is well known, but still not yet fully discovered, even though it can be now unequivocally identified using
Resin secreted by coniferous trees
at least 40 million years ago was carried southwards by the river
"Amber forests,” flourished around
40 million years ago, in the territories
of southern Fennoscandia
In "Jurassic World" scientists using the DNA of insects closed in amber were able to recreate dinosaurs. But in reality, it is not that simple.