mexican amber from chiapas

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Rare Red Amber 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.

Rare red fossil amber from Chiapas
Rare Green Fossil Amber - Chiapas, Mexico
Chunk of Chiapas Honey Amber
Chiapas Honey Amber with Flora
Rare Red Chiapas Amber
Polished 'Old Stock'

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Green Chiapas Fossil
Amber Polished 'Old Stock'

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Honey Amber
Raw Chunk

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Fossil Amber Polished Specimen with Flora
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Honey Amber Rough Chiapas
Chiapas Honey Amber Fossil Rough
Large Chiapas Fossil Amber Rough
Heavy Chiapas Fossil Amber
Chiapas Fossil
Amber Chunk

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Fossil Amber Rough
Prehispanic Specimen

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Mexican Fossil
Amber Specimen

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Museum Quality
Amber Rough
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2003 - 2010


Honeycombed Chiapas Honey Amber

Mexico Fossil Amber
Polished Rough

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All of our amber specimens were mined before 2011. Since then prices have skyrocketed and all the good quality amber is  now sold exclusively to wealthy Chinese businesses by Narcos who have taken control of the mines enslaving the farmers and their families in Chiapas the past few years.

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Amber comes in many different colors from yellow (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 world wide. 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 in prehispanic times and today.


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