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  1. Tennessees Pride

    Tennessee Amber. State record #2

    From the album: Most of my collection

    To save from retyping the same words, see the first picture posted of this material combined with a scale.,there the description is noted.
  2. Tennessees Pride

    Tennessee Amber. State record #2

    From the album: Most of my collection

    On september 20th 2013 i found this huge Amber specimen at an unspecified location, it is also Late Cretaceous. There have been 3 state records for Amber, i hold 2 of them. The first was set by the late mr. Bruce Wade. That record was surpassed by this specimen 99 years later. This specimen almost doubled the previous record. I have been told it is in the top 10 largest Amber specimens that have ever been found in America.
  3. Tennessees Pride

    Tennessee Amber

    From the album: Most of my collection

    A small selection of Late Cretaceous Amber from the Sardis formation in Henderson county Tennessee. The largest pictured specimen is about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and strangely is green amber.
  4. Tennessees Pride

    Tennessee Amber

    From the album: Most of my collection

    On September 16th 2013, i discovered this Late Cretaceous Amber in the Sardis formation in Henderson county Tennessee. It was the first of much Amber i have since recovered. The largest specimen pictured is about 11/2 inches in diameter.
  5. NZ_Fossil_Collecta

    What Is This In Dominican Amber?

    this inclusion is in a small layered 'stalactite' of dominican amber that my friend brought over to my house so we could have a look at it. at first i though midge but it does not have the right body shape, no wings, and is too large. it is 20-40 million years old, and is about 4-5 millimeters long. i hope someone can shed light on this.
  6. NZ_Fossil_Collecta

    What Kind Of Insect Is This? Nj Amber

    i recently bought this amber inclusion, it is in new jersey amber (cretaceous) and if the price helps with the ID it was about 14 $US. they said they think it could be a wasp but they do not have know for sure. it is about 1mm long for scale. i know the pictures aren't that good but it's all i have until it gets to me and i probably won't be able to get any better pictures anyway as the piece is a little cloudy.
  7. NZ_Fossil_Collecta

    What Type Of Copal?

    i bought this piece a while ago, it was listed as "amber" but is actually copal. there are a lot of insects in the piece including an ant, some weird fly-like insects, another weird insect, some kind of roach, etc. it was quite hard, and was about NZ$7. i don't know what kind of copal it is and i am hoping someone may be able to shed some light on this.
  8. NZ_Fossil_Collecta

    Desiccant For Amber Storage?

    I was wondering if desiccant is useful in conjunction with storing amber, or would it be a hazard to the amber, as I have an excess of desiccant and I want to know if amber storage is a potential use.
  9. magolodon56

    Fake Amber

    Hi, this is a piece I bought in Bulgaria,oh no! I hear you all cry, but so far it has withstood all the tests for authenticity that I have tried. It floats in saline solution & it gives off a lovely resinous smell when pierced with a hot pin. It looks too good to be true I know & is posing beautifully . It appears to have been removed from a brooch mounting at some point. Is there any other test I can try? thanks guys
  10. today i found a virgin copal site, A.K.A i found another creek in the forest. this creek in particular was more ideal than others i had hunted in before because is had eroded more steeply. what i mean is that the creek bank was quite sheer in some places, which is perfect for finding kauri copal because your digging is done for you. this particular piece was spotted while i was getting into the creek to look for kauri copal, i saw it and gave it a slight kick with my gumboot (wellingtons for the non kiwis out there) and saw the copal underneath. after a good heave and tug to get it out of the
  11. NZ_Fossil_Collecta

    Polished Kauri Gum

    Ok, so a few of you have heard me rambling on about that Kauri gum i found a while ago but up until now i haven't got around to giving you pictures. well, here is a picture of a polished piece of the stuff. ~90% of the lump we found was milky and mostly opaque but there was a large pocket of clearer copal in one part, the piece in the picture is a piece of that pocket. i then polished it up with Brasso and a rag, and now it shines beautifully. me, and occasionally my friends, will be hunting for some more of the copal so you can expect to see more pictures in future. Insects, you ask? as of ye
  12. NZ_Fossil_Collecta

    Backyard Kauri Gum Hunting

    (please note: i do not know for sure that it is Kauri gum but given the location, smell, and look, it is quite likely) today i went hunting in the backyard for Kauri gum. hunting in a backyard is not your usual fossil trip, and although it is close to home (and refreshments) it has it's own set of cons too. PROS: -local -easy to hunt in -it's on your property; you don't have to worry about a fossil being snapped up while you're away CONS: -you can't dig - very limited area anyways, basically what i do is crawl around the yard looking for exposed pieces of gum. these are given away by
  13. NZ_Fossil_Collecta

    No Baltic Insect Guides?

    i have searched all over the internet for guides based on insects in baltic amber that is not a guide to real vs. fake inclusions. i was kind of looking for a guide similar to the one on amberica west that is about dominican amber, i am looking for one like that except baltic. if anyone knows of a website with one of these, please comment with a link, that would be very helpful thanks.
  14. NZ_Fossil_Collecta

    Baltic Amber Inclusion I.d

    i recently purchased this small piece off ebay for $8.00 US dollars, it has one small insect in it (as far as i can tell from the pics) and was sold from Germany. i don't know what it is but i have pictures included and it seems to have some sort of wing. any help would be greatly appreciated.
  15. NZ_Fossil_Collecta

    Viable Amber Test: Fingernail?

    i was wondering if using a fingernail on amber is a good way to tell amber from copal, i don't want to do it wrong on one of my pieces, scratch it, and write it off as copal. i have seen it mentioned on some sites but not many, and that led me to question its viability.
  16. NZ_Fossil_Collecta

    Possible Copal/amber

    hi, so me and my brother and my friend went into the small forest behind my house, and we were digging around in a muddy stream (the mud is very gloopy and your feet can sink in it a bit) , we found this MASSIVE stone (that's what we thought) it had something that looked like wood sticking out of it, although the wood's sides were straight and it looked like some kind of fence post. we smashed open the 'stone' with our spades and behold: a cream-coloured, hard, glass-like substance. it has a strong, almost chemical-like aroma, similar to the aroma of a root we split while digging. it was irreg
  17. NZ_Fossil_Collecta

    Show Us Your Amber

    post photos of your amber specimens and any information you would like to put with it.
  18. NZ_Fossil_Collecta

    Amber Or Copal?

    i bought a piece of amber from a shop for $7 (NZ) and it was in a little tray with other pieces all called 'amber' and not specifically listed as having bugs in them. i tried the fingernail test and on one side it scratched a really tiny bit and on the other side barely at all. i think it was baltic becuase it was sold alongside gems. it has lots of insects inside and is irregular both outside and inside. is a little misty on one side, has an ant, some kind of fly larva, maybe a couple of midges, another fly. it was with other pieces with no inclusions. is it copal or amber?
  19. Shambala68

    Amber ? Bee Wax ?

    This specimin was found in Western NSW Australia at first glance it looks like Amber also is see through and looks like there are worm castings attached ..It is light weight like Amber .. Do we have Amber in Australia ???
  20. NZ_Fossil_Collecta

    Amber Specimen: What Is It?

    hi, i have posted something similar on nature+ forum, but no definite identification. may be a wasp of some kind, or a midge, although i doubt it is a midge. could someone please tell me what the bug is, it is 30 MYO and i am not sure if it is baltic or dominican. these photographs are at different zoom levels. if you can, please inform me of the value. i purchased in japan for 2100 yen, which is 21.94 USD or 12.99 british pound sterling. however it may have more value, or less. i don't know.
  21. NZ_Fossil_Collecta

    Seed In Amber? Or Something Else?

    is this a seed in amber, or something else? it is in the same piece as the unidentified insect i posted somewhere else in this forum. here is a picture:
  22. NZ_Fossil_Collecta

    Amber: Split Or Fake?

    i have a piece of amber, it has a dark split along the top, and a ridge of darker material inside it descending from the split. the split also has a dent on it directly above an insect in the amber (it is a common insect) and along the split is also a miniature flower or seed and some unknown debris. the bottom of the ridge of darker material is irregular and wavy, and the insect has clearly been through decomposition due to a decomposition bubble on it's abdomen. here is a picture, if anyone could identify whether it is a fake or not that woould be great. it was fairly cheap but then again it
  23. Hi everyone, My daughter just brought this piece of Baltic amber from Poland. The person that gave it to her said it contains a flea, but somehow it doesn't look like that to me. Can you help me identify this insect? Thanks for looking!
  24. Pertaining to various threads recently about insect inclusions in Baltic amber and the possibilities for faking, I thought you may be interested in the attached paper. It’s not widely known in the fossil community that the sellers of this material (especially those in the jewellery trade) have for many years been autoclaving the material to improve its colour and clarity. An autoclave is a steam oven that functions a bit like a large pressure cooker, typically used in hospitals for sterilizing surgical instruments. One of the spin-offs from this practice is that there has been a dramatic incr
  25. Hi everyone, This one has me slightly perplexed, but then again I'm by no means an expert! It's obviously some kind of fly. It's large, the current length being about 8mm, but I'd guess it could have been be up to twice that when whole. I'm hoping these two images will be enough for someone to at least let me know what kind of insect this is? Thanks in advance for your help!
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