Monday, June 28, 2010

Amber 2

I was just watching NOVA on PBS. It was about amber and the episode was called "Jewel of the Earth."
Talk about a great program, this one was. Well, almost all Nova programming is.
I am familiar with amber and what it is, what it does and the wonderful result for us when we find it. Many times it contains bits of plant, insect or animal matter. If you are fortunate it will have an entire specimin within.
I bought a piece of amber several years ago at too high a price for the size of it. But I was enchanted as it has an entire ant inside. So, I hauled it out of the curio cabinet where it resides with my fossils and gemstone roughs. Oh, it glows and since my oldest son is here, I got out the 10X loupe ( we are all avid coin collectors) and we looked at the ant again.
Of course, it newly inspires me to acquire more. I am always on the lookout for fossils and gemstone roughs and tend to forget amber. But not now. I had my eye on a 20 carat peridot rough but I have changed direction. I have been influenced by the amber yet again.
Think of the treasure within many of the fossilized resin pieces!!
They did examine the impossibility of a Jurassic Park type event as the DNA within the plant/insect is useless. It's there, but not useable in the way scientists wish it was. Knocks that out of the park, (no pun intended)dang it.
They, of course, went into far more detail than I just did. Perhaps some of you saw the show. It was well worth the hour's time. The Olympics are on, so NOVA probably didn't get too much of the audience share. If NOVA and shows like that were on to the exclusion of anything else, I would watch all the time. I love that sort of programming.
I know where I can get my hands on some amber so I think I will make that my next venture.

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