Blue Amber


The purpose of this site is to act as an information portal for Dominican Blue Amber. Lately, blue amber has also been found in Indonesia and other parts of the world, but the blue Dominican amber is still considered the best and most important. But "blue amber" sounds like an oxymoron, especially when you think of "amber" as the description of a color. Amber is supposed to be amber color,…

How rare is blue amber?


This much depends on the kind of blue amber. Dominican blue amber is the most expensive because the AAA (clean, clear and strong blue) Dominican amber is extremely rare. Most prices for rare gems are basically adjusted according to what the seller wants to have and the buyer is willing to pay and not always on how rare they are. The price depends a lot on the general public opinion and the…

Blue Amber Physics


Why is it blue? The short answer would be that the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, produced through a thermal polymerization process initiated via irradiation, relax to their ground state, absorb high-energy ultraviolet photons and re-emit them as lower-energy visible photons, according to the absorbance curve of the particular fluorophore. Read it again, maybe it will make more sense. For the rest of us who just judiciously nodded their heads in aw…

Dominican Amber


Is it "amber"? The year is 1493 A.D. Christopher Columbus, on his second voyage to the West Indies arrives at La Hispaniola. To his surprise, a Taino indian chief offers him a gift of amber. Later, one single mass of three hundred pounds is found. In 1891, J.G. Haddow writes the words you find at the top of this page, and this information had been published for over 100 years.…

Fake Blue Amber


Baltic and Asian Fakes: Much Baltic amber for example is"enhanced", this can go even  to liquefied (cleared, autoclaved, boiled, pressed it into shape, or other form of reconstruction etc.etc.) and supplemented with coloration and foreign material -- a far cry from the luminescent blue or green of Dominican amber. See at the right. It is not problem, as long as the customer is made aware of it. But the Dominican…

Blue Amber Quality


As much as it would seems obvious, ''Quality'' is still a debated subject, regardless the context. Definitions abound, especially in business: according to ISO 9000 it's a 'degree to which a set of inherent characteristic fulfills requirements.' The American Society for Quality elegantly sidesteps the question by defining it as: 'A subjective term for which each person has their own definition.' It all boils down to the perception of the…