Amber, the gem of a stone that's not really a gemstone at all, is actually fossilized pine sap. People have collected, traded, and carved Amber for more than 10,000 years.Yet despite our fascination about this stone -- the history of Amber -- still remains a mystery.
The fossils to the left contain a small lizard and spider encased thousands of years ago. This is rare and expensive in today’s market. (encased in Honey Amber)
It is known that Amber dates back 40,000 and became this beautiful stone through a process called partial polymerization, this product hardened and in time the tree sap/resin turned into copal, once this was formed the volatile oils evaporated
(called turpenes) and Amber was born.
Along the way of course this resin picked up many things and that is good for research, but even better for interest. Here are just a few of the items and insects that have been found in Amber.
Amber Inside Amber, Ants, Amber Jewelry, Ant Larvae, Ant Pupa, Assassin Bugs, Bees, Beetles, Bristletails, Bugs, Caterpillars, Centipedes, Crickets, Earwigs, Eggs, Feathers, Fighting-Interacting-Carrying, Flies, Flowers & Buds, Gnats, Grasshoppers, Inchworms, Isopods, Jumping Plant Lice, Large Insects, Larvae, Leafhoppers, Leaves, Mammal Hair, Mating Insects, Microcosm (A Little World), Midges, Millipedes, Mites, Mites on Host, Mosquitos, Moths, Other Insects, Other Inclusions (Non-Insect), Other Botanical, Plant Hoppers, Praying Mantis, Pseudoscorpions, Psocids, Pupa and Larvae, Queen Ants, Rare/Unusual/Odd Inclusions, Roaches, Roots of Botanical, Scorpions, Seeds, Snails, Spiders, Spider Webs, Stalactites, Swarms, Termites, Thrips, Ticks, Twigs, Twisted Winged Parasites, Unusual Botanical, Webspinners (Zorapteran), Wasps, Water Bubbles (Enhydros), Weevils