The Dominican Amber
Puerto Plata The Amber Coast, named for being one of the places in the Dominican Republic where there is Amber, a fossil resin waste product of prehistoric trees.
By spring the resin of the tree trunk, many millions of years, often caught in its path bits of vegetable and small animals that have been well preserved until today.
This resin was a sticky fluid in contact with air hardened and that the time became amber.
Amber is the only semi-precious stone and precious plant, barring the diamond formed from graphite.
As Amber How
In Europe, the amber is formed from the resin of Pinus succinifera, while in Chiapas (Mexico), Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic from a legume, the carob tree (Hymenaea) of the Tertiary geological period.
The amber is found embedded in layers of marine origin, whether clay, sand or peat turned into rocks.
Earth movements have raised the rocks of the sea to form the mountains, as in the mines of the Dominican Republic.
Amber has been used by man since the Stone Age, with manufacturing and zooomorfas small anthropomorphic figures. So over the centuries and all continents, this resin has become one of the most sought after and desired materials to create objects that reflect the beauty and mystery.
Recent research shows that its age is between 25 and 15 million years.
Determining the age of the amber is based on the age of the rocks that contain it.
This age is defined by the fossils contained in the rocks, mainly foraminifera and ostracods.
It is therefore common to find sea shells fossilized in places where it appears amber.
Today amber is exploited in the mountains and valleys of the Cordillera Oriental and the Northern Range, where mining shafts and horizontal galleries open to extract the precious ore.
The amber in the Dominican Republic
But the amber part of Dominican history and has had a presence in the lives of the people of our island from time immemorial, existing records of this every time.
The creativity of the artisans Dominicans achieved using fully the properties of this "gem" with its physical characteristics and colors that seem to reproduce every nuance and brilliance of the Caribbean.
The different steps of craftsmanship are traditionally:
- The selection of raw stones
- The study to determine its use
- The size and cut to sketch models
- Polishing with emery paper and pulp brightness
- The final cleaning done with care and ultimately more demanding
- The linker to set the stones in precious metal.
Creating concrete Dominican especially in jewelry, with the manufacture of precious necklaces, made in different designs and different colors amber (being the color blue and champagne, the most valuable), earrings and brooches wonderful fossil inclusions, embedded Gold and silver bracelets and earrings elegant fine that will be most appreciated around the world as personal ornaments.
For more information visit the Amber Museum Amber World.
Article is automatic translation of El Ámbar Dominicano