Chiapas Fossil Amber from Mexico

The Ambareros excavate the steep hills in northern Chiapas until they find a layer of coal that contains "el corazon de ambar" (heart of the amber)

They enter crawling into the dark tunnels with very little room to move. While older mines have greater access allowing the ambareros to enter walking for maybe thirty to forty meters The 'ambareros' (amber miners) work on their knees, or seated and sometimes lying on the ground in total darkness, illuminating themselves by the simple light of a candle. Most of the ambareros that live in the community near the mines, take advantage of the intervals between the harvest season and seeding time (from January to May) to dedicate themselves to the extraction of amber with hopes of improving their economic situation for them and their families. The Ambarero's tools consist mainly of picks, shovels and chisels to look for the rare fossil amber resin. The work of the ambarero is a male dominated position, but sometimes the children participate along with their parents in the collecting and polishing of the amber.


VERY RARE RED CHIAPAS AMBER ROUGH SPECIMEN

Origin: Chiapas, México
ID: AMBR21
Size: 66mm x 47mm x 14.5mm
Weight: 21.40 grams
Price: $279.00


RARE GREEN CHIAPAS POLISHED AMBER SPECIMEN

Origin: Chiapas, México
ID: AMBR22
Size: 54.5mm x 42mm x 32mm
Weight:35.65 grams
Price: $319.00


CHIAPAS HONEY AMBER CHUNK

Origin: Chiapas, México
ID: AMBR13
Size: 67mm x 64mm x 24mm
Weight: 106.20 grams
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Price: $189.00



CHIAPAS HONEY AMBER WITH FLORA INCLUSIONS

Origin: Chiapas, México
ID: AMBR23
Size: 75mm x 35mm x 21mm
Weight: 37.30 grams
Price: $129.00


CHIAPAS FOSSIL AMBER ROUGH SPECIMEN

Origin: Chiapas, México
ID: AMBR17
Size: 68mm x 48mm x 34mm
Weight: 49.20 grams
Price: $99.00


COGNAC HONEY AMBER ROUGH FOSSIL SPECIMEN

Origin: Chiapas, México
ID: AMBR04
Size: 74mm x 48mm x 26mm
Weight: 61.40 grams
Price: $129.00


LARGE CHIAPAS HONEY AMBER RAW SPECIMEN

Origin: Chiapas, México
ID: AMBR12
Size: 72mm x 65mm x 59mm
Weight: 187.40 grams
Price: $349.00


GRANDE CHIAPAS AMBER 'MUSEUM GRADE'
ROUGH

Origin: Chiapas, México
ID: AMBR11
Size: 105mm x 81mm x 50mm
Weight: 215.30 grams
Price: $379.00


CHIAPAS AMBER POLISHED ROUGH STONE

Origin: Chiapas, México
ID: AMBR19
Size:38mm x 35mm x 23mm
Weight: 22.10 grams
Price: $45.00

Amber comes in many different colors from honey, to cognac, burgundy red, deep blood red, glowing lime green and the very rare blue resin specimens. They vary in hardness, but most amber is approximately 2.5 on the hardness scale. They sometimes come with inclusions according to its mixture with the earth, leaf, moss debris and insects - which are the most sought after by collectors worldwide. Used as adornment; amber protects the indigenous people from "bad vibrations" as well as purifies the spirit, keeps away disease and is used by healers and shamans alike.

 

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