An Ant scurries along a tree trunk, oblivious to the danger ahead. Suddendly, one leg becomes stuck, then another, until the ant is trapped in the tree's honeylike resin.

   One more golden droplet trickles downs, and is engulfed. Escape becoms impossible. Finally, the sticky mass containin the ant falls to the ground.

 

Rain washes the imprisoned ant into a river, where it is burried in silt.

35 millions years later the ant is discovered, perfectly preserved in a golden teardrop. The resin has hardened into amber one of man's most precious treasures.

 

For scientists, inclusions are fascinating. Because insects were  often trapped quickly, many pieces of amber contain "snapshots" of ancient history.

 

Because of its unique characteristics, amber and its "prisoners" have outlasted the lush tropical ecosystem from which they came. The organic material in other fossils has become petrified its original structure being replaced by minerals.

 

On the other hand, amber is itself organic, as are any animals or plants it may contain. If it is transparent, its ancient treasures can be studied and photographed in three dimensions without damaging them. Thus, amber has been called a golden window to the past because it contains a record not only of the insects and small vertrebates but also of the plants and climate of long-vanished ecosystems.

 

Amber is not only part of Dominican ancient history but also part of mankind's heretage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vision of an Ancient Forest

Can a flower  be forever? ....or let's say at least 30 million years?
 

This piece will be a beautiful pendant.