The purpose of this site is to act as an information portal for Dominican Blue Amber.
Amber is supposed to be amber color, right? Wrong. There is the original color of amber, yellow, orange, honey, cognac or the kind. But there also is cream, cherry, red, green and even blue as the rarest of all.
Up to this day many people do not believe in the existence of “BLUE” amber. But after we discovered the blue amber in the Dominican Republic and it caught international attention, other countries started to look for it too and, there was some bluish amber found in Mexico, some in Australia and some violet blue in Indonesia. But Dominican blue amber still remains the top of the line.
• Is Blue Amber truly blue?
Dominican blue amber is blue, but not in the way you might think. The pieces below are taken in natural daylight on two different surfaces.
When natural light strikes Blue Amber on a white surface, the light particles pass right through, and then are refracted off the white surface. Result: the Blue Amber has a slight blue hue. When the same natural light particles strike the Amber on a black surface, the light particles don’t refract off the black surface, thus refracting off the actual Amber. Hydrocarbons in the Blue Amber turn the sun’s ultraviolet light into blue light particles, resulting in the famous glow of Blue Amber.
This effect is only possible in the Dominican Republic Blue Amber category. Any other Amber (such as Baltic Amber) will not display this phenomenon.
• What is the overall difference between BLUE AMBER and Ordinary Amber?
It turns blue in natural sunlight and any other light source that has a slight component of UV (Ultra Violet) light because of its fluorescence. The process in Blue Amber is surprisingly similar to phosphor. Under long wave UV light it has an extremely strong reflection, almost white.
Imagine what this does to your blue amber jewelry when you go “clubbing”!
• Why has no one heard about BLUE AMBER before?
One of the reasons why Dominican Amber and Blue Amber in particular are not as well known as other types of Amber is because the valuable nature of it was never quite apparent to the population in this part of the “New” World. And the most important reason is: There is only very little of it found, which makes it an extremely rare and very exclusive gem material.
Although the native (now extinct) Taino Indians gave a gift of Dominican Amber to Columbus, the Dominican Amber trade did not truly pick up until sixty or seventy years ago. That is because in its raw or rough form, at first glance fluorescent Dominican Amber looks like an ordinary rock and did not call much attention. Dominican Amber and mainly BLUE Dominican Amber remained elusive and a collector secret for a long time.
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