mexican amber from chiapas

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Amber Specimens From Chiapas, Mexico

The farmers excavate the steep hills in northern Chiapas until they find a layer of coal that contains "el corazon de ambar", for which they perforate holes into the "heart of the amber" by where 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. The families who do the mining are very wary of strangers and do not always sell to anybody that asks for the amber. It is a very traditional and spiritual stone for the indigenous people of Chiapas and they don't plan to let the government or foreigners exploit the stone anytime soon.

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Fossil Amber Rough

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Fossil Amber Rough
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Mexican Fossil Amber
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Honey Amber
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Mexico Fossil Amber
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Since late 2014, Chiapas Amber prices have taken a dramatic rise. Narcos have taking over and are charging farmers / miners a percentage to mine and sell their Amber. The Mexican Government turns a blind eye to this corruption, as is the culture of our country. Prices are expected to continue to rise in 2015. Our prices will not increase on current online inventory, but new Amber specimens will face a stiff price increase of 25% to 45% depending on our bargaining power.


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