Amber comes in a range of colours from light lemon to very dark brown, with some Dominican specialities in the form of red and blue amber, from transparent to very opaque. Some hold fossilised plants or insects. The deposits lie mainly in the Cordillera Septentrional; the road from Puerto Plata to Canarete is actually known as the Amber Coast. Major mining sites are located in Palo Quemado, Palo Alto, Juan de Nina, La Toca, Los Cacaos, La Pescado Bobo, Los Aguitos, El Arroyo and Las Auyamas. Some are as deep as 650 ft. It is the second biggest amber producing country in the world and several thousands of tons are extracted each year.
The mineral takes its name from the Arabic word 'anbar', meaning 'fossilised resin'.© OT Republique Dominicaine
Amber is made through a natural process, the result of the hardening of pine sap, making a beautiful, semi-precious gem.© OT Republique Dominicaine
Amber comes in a range of colours from light lemon to very dark brown, with some distinct Dominican varieties, including red amber and blue amber ranging from transparent to very opaque.© OT Republique Dominicaine
Deposits are to be found mainly in the Cordillera Septentrional. The road between Puerto Plata and Cabarete is also known as the Amber Coast.© OT Republique Dominicaine