We're fortunate to find a good amount of amber jewelry in our travels but that beautiful mystical millions-of-years-old resin challenges us every time. We read about it, we magnify it, we rub it, smell it, test it, stare at it...where is Sherlock Holmes when you need him?
So here's our latest...and maybe greatest find of them all. This Dominican amber bead necklace. We always assume amber is from the Baltics but Dominican amber has a unique secret all its own. It tends to be blue.
Yes, these luscious-looking jelly bean beads in their natural amber color show their blueness under fluorescent light. You can see the photos of the beads back lit in white light and then lit from the top with a fluorescent light on white.
Dominican amber dates from Oligocene to Miocene, about 25 million years old. The oldest, and hardest of this amber comes from the mountain region north of Santiago. Dominican amber is derived from resin of the extinct tree Hymenaea protera.
Dominican amber differentiates itself from Baltic amber by being nearly always transparent, and it has a higher number of fossil inclusions. This has enabled the detailed reconstruction of the ecosystem of a long-vanished tropical forest.
We don't see any notable inclusions in these beads but the transparency of golden orange color is an eye pleaser.
Necklace measures 34 inches around - no clasp. The beads measure 17mm wide at the center down to 10mm at the upper end. The necklace weighs 85.5 grams. Beads are separated by slim silvertone spacers.
So we're obviously impressed with this necklace and hope you are too. If you have any questions, we may have to find Sherlock to help.
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Rare Dominican Amber Bead Necklace