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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:46 pm 
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Yeah, the copal I have was easily polished up with my Dremel, but be careful as it doesn't like the heat much. I learned that after having had a kinda melt down of sorts, actually more like distortion. I don't know the proper term for what I learned from it except to say go slow and cool down. #-o

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:49 pm 
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Hi everyone :)
Jan, I would not describe copal as a gem.
Just looked in Robert Websters book Gems, their sources description and identification. No mention of copal as a gem.
The cockroach was something, it was just the price
Did get one nice piece with a cockroach in, it is just smaller
and not quite as good, but still good.body about third of a inch,
antannaes sweeped back under its body, the amber as nice shades of color and fluorescence. Will post phote of it soon
Also got a piece with ten small stingless bees in

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:16 pm 
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Hi everyone
here is the amber with cockroach in, that i bought in Simojovel. Thats just a distinct flowline above the cockroach.

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Nice Pic and thanks for sharing, to reciprocate...
This is also (supposed to be) Chiapas, purchased at a Mexican "flea" market.

The line in the middle is a drill line as this was originally part of a strung necklace. There are 5 or 6 insects but this particular fellow has really long hind legs, his body is curled up a bit so he is longer than he looks. Anyone know what insect this is? Crane fly? Fungus Gnat?


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part 2

Closer view


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It looks like mosquito ?

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I don't know Danielle, i'll have to get a Dominican/Mexican inclusion book someday, I have a Baltic one but their era is Eocene (50M years) and the Chiapas is Miocene (20-30M years)...fun though.


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Hi Yeti ,

Here is a mosquito :


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Very cool looking bugs in amber...I have one with a spider and other little insects trapped inside that i picked off feebay a few years ago. I have some amber that was collected in BC in canada no bugs that i have noticed yet but still havent looked in all the pieces.
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OK Danielle, you got me going, I looked again and this is the best guess i can come up with.

This piece has internal fracture lines that obscure some of the details and I'm a nubie so
this just a guess. The proboscus part that looked like a mosquito is actually a front leg folded up under the head. It has very coarse hairy shoulders and the oval faceted eyes which are a good size and positioned at the 7-8 oclock position on the head don't show well in this pic due to the sideways fractureline and angle which is too bad as they're pretty cool.

Anyway, if this was Baltic, to me it would resemble a cross between a type
of midge (which by the way are really close cousins to the mosquito, pat
yourself on the back
) a fungus gnat, and a long legged fly. This little
fellow, preserved in Chiapas is about 25M years younger and his antannae
seem to be missing, which doesn't help so just a guess...fun though eh?

"Gotta love amber."

Reference: Atlas of Plants and Animals in Baltic Amber 2002 (Weitschat and

Wichard) Pages 200-201, 204-5 and 210-211.


HI BCMiner, Amber in BC? Thats rare?...I've heard of some minor deposits in Cedar Creek that came up the Saskatchewan river from (possibly) Alberta but the source has never been discovered yet, (now THERE's a worthy endeavour) i think Canadian is similar age to Baltic though...got any pics?

PS... i hope we're not hijacking the original theme here, if this keeps up maybe we should start a new thread.

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Yeti..definately not from the same source,different mountain range more south central BC.I am pretty new with this site and unfimilar on how to post a pic,but learning.Sorry, Cant show you at the moment but working on it.
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These are photos of mosquitoes in chiapas amber from my website

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Hello Dave, nice pics... the mosquito torso seems to be a bit thinner than my "midge?" and the shoulder hair doesn't appear to be there eh.

Thanks for all your contributions to amber education, I've read a lot of your work and been on your website, I tried to email you but i think i need to reconfig something, anyway very nice specimens. I especially like the red Chiapas pieces, awesome!! There's a guy in France doing faceting work with amber showcasing insects and that is very special but to me amber is best shown with soft lines that display the true nature of amber.

Heres a piece of Simojovel red that i brought home last month.


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Hi Yeti ,

Your pice is fantastic :smt007 I've never seen such red amber before !
Thanks for sharing !

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