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Insect & Amber Fossils

Hard as stone, amber is the fossilized remnant of the resin that once flowed through tree tissues. Brilliant in color, amber has the added benefit of often trapping in its core insects and other flora, transforming the simply beautiful solid into an historical time capsule.

Amber has played a crucial role throughout history as means of personal adornment. Considered by many early cultures to have talismanic properties, amber was once worn to protect the individual. As it warms to body temperature, amber is considered particularly powerful in warding off or remedying various diseases. Amber has also been used a gemstone of sorts, as its rich, warm shades of yellow and brown are a fitting complement to skin tones as well as other gems.

Amber has also been appreciated more recently for the small bits of prehistory that it holds. The study of these contents has proved particularly important in science's understanding of prehistoric biomes. They have also become the object of some of the world's greatest collections. It is important to note that not all amber is old enough to include remnants of the dinosaur age, and the art of amber forgery has unfortunately grown in popularity since the 19th century. Nevertheless, the discovery of an authentic piece of amber deserves celebration.


Quick Facts

  • The ancient Greeks were rumored to put a small fragment of amber in their wine vessels as a preservative
  • From golden honey and butterscotch to green and citrine, amber has more than 250 identified shades
  • The largest hunk of amber ever unearthed was discovered on the island of Borneo. Initially, it weighed 150 pounds, but was broken into smaller pieces as it was extracted from the ground

Recommended Items at Auction

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Two Raw Blue Amber Pieces
Dec 08, 6:00 PM CST
Two Raw Blue Amber Pieces
by Mei Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1200 Bids
Rohbernstein ungeschliffen, 76 g/ amber
Dec 08, 2:00 PM CET
Rohbernstein ungeschliffen, 76 g/ amber
by Kunstauktionshaus Günther
Est: €0- €0
€400 Bids
A small of collection of insect specimens to glazed boxes
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
A small of collection of insect specimens to glazed boxes
by Halls Fine Art
Est: £80- £120
£750 Bids
A CARVED AMBER MODEL OF A SKULL, MIOCENE PERIOD (23 MILLION YEARS OLD)
Dec 08, 2:00 PM GMT
A CARVED AMBER MODEL OF A SKULL, MIOCENE PERIOD (23 MILLION YEARS OLD)
by Curated Auctions
Est: £60- £100
£600 Bids
A GIANT SPINY STICK INSECT (EURYCANTHA CALCARATA)
Dec 08, 2:00 PM GMT
A GIANT SPINY STICK INSECT (EURYCANTHA CALCARATA)
by Curated Auctions
Est: £60- £80
£600 Bids
Copal resin from copal tree
Dec 28, 6:00 PM EST
Copal resin from copal tree
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $40- $70
$300 Bids
Polished Baltic Amber Fragments
Dec 11, 12:00 PM AEDT
Polished Baltic Amber Fragments
by Smalls Auctions
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD2000 Bids
Natural Amber pieces
Dec 11, 12:00 PM AEDT
Natural Amber pieces
by Smalls Auctions
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD2000 Bids
Großer "Butterscotch"-Bernstein.
Dec 08, 2:00 PM CET
Großer "Butterscotch"-Bernstein.
by Dannenberg
Est: €300- €360
€3000 Bids
A Rare Amber Lizard
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
A Rare Amber Lizard
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $200- $2,000
$2000 Bids
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Rare Green Amber Specimen
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Rare Green Amber Specimen
by Bonhams
Est: $600- $800
$6000 Bids
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Amber with Rare Butterfly Inclusion
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Amber with Rare Butterfly Inclusion
by Bonhams
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$1,0000 Bids
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Amber with Damselfly Inclusion
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Amber with Damselfly Inclusion
by Bonhams
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,5000 Bids
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Amber with Scorpion Inclusion
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Amber with Scorpion Inclusion
by Bonhams
Est: $600- $800
$6000 Bids
Lot Of 2 Cherry & Honey Amber Specimens 1 Carved
Dec 14, 5:00 PM EST
Lot Of 2 Cherry & Honey Amber Specimens 1 Carved
by Joshua Kodner
Est: $150- $300
$500 Bids

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