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There are no known trees that produce red resin. No one truly knows the phenomena that creates natural red amber. I remember the first pieces that I saw in Simojovel in 1989, I thought it was incredible. The red seems to be a layer of oxidization that has formed on the outside of the amber. Although fractures and inclusions can pull the red colour into the interior of the piece. Red amber can be produced by heating or by melting the amber and introducing a colouring agent .

Red amber has always brought a premium price at the mines. Almost 40% of red amber crumbles to powder, increasing the price even more. I estimate that 5% of red amber, from the mines, is clear and has an even red colour. The rest is fractured, broken, has uneven colour or is fragile.

The red amber, when cut correctly, will produce shades of green and blue. This is usually the red amber with the very thick dark red skin. Some red is full of organic inclusions which produces a low quality red pendant, although this type of amber will produce blue, green and even purple colours.

The prices of the red amber jewelry on this site are a reflection of the difficulty in replacing the piece of amber. For ten years I have not sold any of the red amber that I purchased, so there is a good selection. Please look carefully and you will see that there are a lot more pieces with only one side that is red as compared to the pieces that are completely covered with a red layer.

I guarantee that all of the red amber on this site was mined in Chiapas and has not been altered in any way. All of the completely red pieces have only been worked by hand.

        --------------- Glen Osborne

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