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BLUE AMBER ALERT

Published: 06 June 2017Written by Diana Jarrett GG, RMV

Devoted jewelry lovers are always on the lookout for the unexpected gemstone that shows them as a knowledgeable collector. But it has to resonate with the individual and also be a good fit for their personal style. As any jeweler knows, rarity is not enough when it comes to offering a new gem variety to a consumer. If it’s not attractive it’s missed the point.

That’s why I’m focusing on blue amber lately. Most collectors are already somewhat knowledgeable about the honey colored variety of amber. It’s an organic material unlike mineral gemstones that develop underground over millennia.

What is it?

The amber we’re most familiar with is a fossilized tree resin. Therefore, the highly-prized specimens are those with part of its prehistoric history embedded within the solidified substance. Examples with insects and plant life are not only captivating to a viewer but are of scientific significance as well, since they have perfectly preserved ancient objects in their living state.

The gem quality stuff is generally recovered from the Baltic Sea region, but is known to appear in places as diverse as Myanmar, Germany, Sicily and elsewhere. Certain geological conditions have to be in place for amber to have been produced.

This brings us to the what and whereabouts of blue amber which is gaining in popularity as public awareness broadens. It is somewhat rare, very beautiful and has a compelling story. Check, check and check. Let’s look at it a bit more. You may decide your clientele will also love this alluring gemstone.

Where to find it

Blue amber is found primarily in the Dominican Republic and parts of Indonesia. And while it’s becoming more widely known today, it has actually been mined since the mid -20th century. Its green-blue hue is actually a form of fluorescence covering over the golden amber as we know it. This fluorescence is stimulated by UV (ultraviolet) lights causing it to give the impression of a blue to green appearance.  According to GIA (Gemological Institute of America) the greenish blue hue of material found in both Dominican Republic and Indonesia is confined to the surface of the material.  The blue body color modifies according to the thickness of the piece, GIA reports.

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