Burmese Amber

Burmese Amber

You’re probably familiar with the color amber. It ranges from translucent yellow to orange, and a favorite hue when it comes to several items of jewelry. But did you know that amber has more depth and definition? In fact, there are several types of amber out there, and one of them is Burmese amber.

Amber and Burmese Amber

Burmese AmberAmber is basically the fossilized sap of extinct trees that can be found in the temperate and subtropical forests some 60 million years ago. The hardened resin deposits of amber have been found all over the world, so don’t be surprised when you come across Baltic amber, which ranges from pale yellowish white to black, ruby red and sometimes purple Sicilian amber, and the even darker Romanian amber.

Burmese amber, on the other hand, is mostly deep red. It also happens to the rarest and most valuable amber known to man. Its high fluorescent quality adds to its appeal, making it one of the most sought after ambers in the world.

History of Burmese Amber

Burmese amber, also referred to as Burmite, is from the Hukawng Valley in the northern state of Kachin in Burma. Historical accounts say that Burmese amber made its way from the valley to the Roman Empire via the Silk Road in China as early as the first century AD.

Initially, the Europeans thought that burmite originated from China’s Yannan province, but that was clearly disproved once the British found conclusive proof during the latter part of 1800s that Burmese amber did originate from northern Burma.

These accounts make Burmite at least 100 million years old, so it has already been around during the time of the dinosaurs.

Characteristics of Burmese Amber

Burmese Amber Resin - UN16Burmese amber is known for its deep red or clear cherry red color. However, you will find that they also come in shades of sherry and even burnt orange. Depending on the angle of the light, they can also exhibit color variations. This is the highly fluorescent quality mentioned earlier in the article.

Mostly, Burmese amber is very clear. However, upon closer inspection, and when placed under magnification, you can often see swirls of color, albeit minute. These subtle dots and swirls of color add more depth to the material, especially when used for jewelry. It also complements the hand carvings and designs that the Chinese love to do on Burmese amber.

Compared to other ambers, burmite is also harder, which can be attributed to its older age.

Burmese Amber Today

The high polish and fluorescence of Burmese amber bring to it a decorative value that makes it a favorite among jewelry designers. In fact, it’s so beautiful that many have mistaken it for a gemstone when, in fact, it’s basically hard and translucent fossilized tree sap or resin. That’s why it has earned the classification of being an ‘organic gemstone’. The unique color of Burmese amber makes it the perfect ‘gemstone’ for a pendant of a necklace. The
Aside from jewelry, you will also find Burmese amber to be most commonly used as an encasement for other precious stones, insects, bugs, or other fossils. No small wonder there, really; their translucent and fluorescent quality is certainly perfect when it comes to showcasing fossils.

Rare Amber Resin - UN14

But did you know that amber also has healing properties? Amber, in general, is known to suck out any negative energy from the body, allowing any sickness or ailment to seep away. Its ability to clear the mind and body of stress is just the tip of the iceberg, since amber is also known to cure diseases such as rheumatism, headache, goiter, and disorders pertaining to the eyes, teeth, throat, and lungs. Rare Burmese amber is also noted for its uncanny ability to regulate digestive processes as well as bring a balance to your endocrine system.

All these reasons explain the high demand for Burmese amber. It’s also part of the reason why many fakes – mostly made of plastic – are proliferating in the market. It pays to be wary and careful when you are buying anything with Burmese amber or burmite in it.

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Rare Amber For Sale – Burmite Amber

As far as gemstones go, the most popular ones include diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires. Amber is also popular, but did you know that, technically, amber is not a stone? Amber is actually what is classified as an organic gemstone. The amber gem that we all know and love today is actually a hard and translucent fossilized tree resin. Because it is hard and because it has a naturally unique and beautiful color, it is used widely for decorative purposes.

If you try to check out the types of amber for sale presently, they come mostly in the form of jewelry or as an encasement for stones, bugs, insects or other fossils. The versatility of this organic gemstone erases all doubts as to why it is sought after. Let us look at the many forms of amber for sale.

Of course, who would not want to have an amber gem as jewelry? A necklace with rare amber for a pendant is definitely a stunning piece that could transform the look of every woman who wears it, especially when matched with a pair of amber earrings. For many, its aesthetic properties, thanks to its eye-catching color, would be more than enough reason to get one.

Amber comes in a wide range of colors. The most common amber gem would be something like a mix of yellow, orange and brown. However, they can also be close to white or pale yellow. In some cases, they can be dark brown that they seem to be black. Rare amber gems come in the most peculiar of colors. Cherry amber is a vivid red, and there is also the green amber. The most sought after would have to be the blue amber. This rare amber is said to be found only in the mountains of the Dominican Republic.

But amber is also known for its healing properties. The amber gem is said to have the ability to clear the mind and body of stress. Health problems are also known to be cured by amber. Examples include goiter, headache, teeth and eye disorders, throat and lung glandular swellings, and rheumatism. Stomach and digestive problems can also be remedied because rare amber has the ability to balance both the endocrine and digestive system.

Amber that is found in central America, both in Mexico and Dominican Republic is estimated to be dated 24-40 million years old , those ambers are extracted from the  rainforests  and are resin from extinct trees species, usually they have a transparent look and higher number of fossil inclusions than the Baltic amber which is considered as the most common amber. with about 80% of all amber in the world known to be found there.

Amber that is sourced in Burma is known as Burmite. It is often characterized by a deep red color, although it could also come in pale yellow, gold, and brown, unlike the usual amber that we know of. However, the Burmese amber is dated to at least 100 million years, back to the dinosaur age. It is actually currently being mined, particularly from the amber mines in the Hukwang Valley, in the northern province of Kachin. Compared to other types of ambers, burmite is much harder and darker than Dominican amber.

Of course, you should expect to pay more if you want rare amber to be gracing your body anytime soon. Many jewelry stores and other novelty shops have amber for sale in their inventory. Another option would be through online shops. You only have to make sure you do not make the mistake of falling for the phony sellers and end up paying a high price for fake amber.

If the Inclusions and fossils inside are too good to be true, than its probably is…

Today In China there are many fake ambers, that are literally made out of plastic.

We Offer a large variety of Burmite amber, and rare amber specimens, if you are looking for a reliable place to purchase Burmese amber, then you have came to the right place.

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