|Cognac colored Mexican Amber from Chiapas with Insect Inclusions, at the Tucson gem show last week|
|Surrounded by Mexican Amber in honey, cognac and red.|
|Learning about quality, color and price.|
|Choosing some Mexican pieces.|
|The white and the butterscotch are my personal favorites in the Baltic.|
Because I also love antique beads, I have most recently started learning about antique African Berber beads, which are large antique Amber beads worn by nomads. The beads can cost several hundred dollars each, and here's a necklace I spotted at the show for a mere $9,280.00. Serious collectors only need apply for this little number. Watch out for the new African "Amber" beads, though, which are largely synthetic.
|Antique African Berber Beads.|
|Copal from Colombia with insect inclusions.|
In closing, I have been visiting the Tucson Gem and Mineral show for about five years now, and I always enjoy it and find that each year I become more focused. What I learned about the Amber on this trip is that it can vary in price from fifty cents per gram for certain rough pieces to twenty-five dollars or more per gram for the more desirable clear, polished pieces, especially the Mexican red and the Dominican Republic blue. These prices per gram translate into mucho dinero. And the specimens with insect inclusions can be even more, depending on the importance of the fossil, and the type of material. The Malaysian and the Baltic were plentiful at the show. The Mexican and Colombian not so much. Mostly, the types of Amber that are most interesting and sought after by my customers are more expensive that ever!! Time to become an ultra savvy buyer, to stay in the game.
|My highly professional method for recording my findings each night back at the van.|
All the best,