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    RARE BLUE AMBER NUGGET
    Oligocene
    Dominican Republic
    A variant of the usual form of fossilized tree resin, blue Amber is found only in the Amber mines and deposits around Santiago in the Dominican Republic, and in some parts of Mexico and Indonesia. Although it glows with the familiar honey-gold color when backlit, when held beneath the light, hydrocarbons in the Amber refract to create an incredible blue color (most intense beneath sunlight). The phenomenon is similar to phosphorescence, or fluorescence, and its exact cause has not been categorically established, although many put it down to the presence of Anthracene in incompletely combusted trees. Only a part of this large nugget has been polished, creating a window into the interior, surrounded by an unprepossessing looking grey crust that belies the beautiful translucence within, 4¼ x 3½ x 1⅜ inches, 116.4 grams.


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    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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