Blue Amber


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.…

How rare is blue amber?


Is blue amber one of the rarest gems in the world? You bet it is, despite the fact that its price does not quite reflect that fact. Not yet. Most prices for rare gems are basically adjusted according to what the seller wants to have and the buyer is willing to pay. And that depends a lot on the value the general public opinion puts on said gem. The yearly…

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


Is there fake Blue Amber? Baltic and Chinese Fakes All amber can be 'enhanced'. Much Baltic amber for example is 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. But the Dominican Amber jewelry producers have not yet reached this 'artistic'…

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…