Burmite Amber

 

Burmite is the name given to natural Amber found in the Hukawng Valley of Kachin State in northern Burma (Myanmar).

 

Burmite amber is known to be among the hardest and oldest amber found on earth.  Burmite amber dates back to the time of the dinosaurs, the Cretaceous Era, nearly 100 million years ago.

 

The range of fossils now being discovered in Burmite amber is very exciting for both collectors and scientists alike.  Burmite amber is giving us a window into the Cretaceous Era that no other amber or sedimentary rock can match.

 

We go to Myanmar personally and work directly with miners to select only the best pieces of Burmite amber.  The pieces are brought back to Bangkok where we carefully recut and repolish each specimen.

 

Page Updated July 24th, 2017

 

 

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Ethiopian Amber

 

A deposit of amber has been discovered in Ethiopia near the town of Alem Ketema.

 

10°08'45'' N latitude, 38°57'56'' E are the coordinates for the location of the main deposit, located approximately 150 kms north of Addis Ababa. The amber is mostly clean, and ranges in color from dark green to golden brown.  The age of this new amber was originally thought to be Cretaceous, but now a Miocene age is more likely.

 

Here is link to an article about the deposit and the gemological properties of this amber : http://www.igc-gemmology.net/igc34-proceedings/content/pdf/IGC3429.pdf.

 

Here is a link to an article regarding fossils found in Ethiopian amber : http://www.pnas.org/content/107/16/7329.full.

 

Having purchased a good quantity of rough, we have found some pieces with botanical and insect inclusions We do not have many, but they are new and interesting.

 

 

 

 

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