Picture: Resin on the bark of a cherry tree - public domain
After much work, I have finished this list with all different types of amber (not copal) in the world. There may be types I am not aware of and therefore missing - please contact me in order for me to make a complete list. In the beginning, I wanted to upload the list as an image - but I have decided upon a table. In that way you can get it from my website and use all data - edit, modify, alter, etc.
I hope you will find all the hard work useful. If you take the list and make it available elsewhere, I would be grateful if you would please link back to my website as the source.
Amber is always from a certain period, so I chose to write down the period rather than using numbers. But if you are not trained in the names, I have made links to Wikipedia for more information about the specified period.
Search the table: Use the search function in your browser. Example: you want to know how many types there are in USA: press on your keyboard "Ctrl" + "F" (it may be different from the various browsers) and type in "USA". Then you will discover that there are 10 different types derived from a period from about 23 to 112 MYO.
A collection of pictures, which gives you the opportunity to get a sense of the different types of amber. their size, colour, texture, etc. You will also be able to use these images to confirm the authenticity of your own pieces, or compare the pictures and check the authenticity of various types of amber, for example on Ebay.
Just click on the types that are marked in blue, and you will jump down to the picture. If you have a good picture of a particular type of amber, please contact me and help to make the list (you will of course be noted with copyright).
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Types of which I do not know the age and have not able to find further evidence about. If you can confirm the "existence" (age etc.) of the following amber, I would like to hear from you.
Greenland: retinite found along the south-east and south-west parts of the country.
Massachusetts: before 1883 a 340 gram (12 oz.) specimen of amber was found on Nantucket Island in Tertiary greensand and marl formation.
Yorkshire: washed up on various beaches
I could have told much about how the Earth looked when a particular type of amber was resin, but this video gives you a good sense of it. If you want to read about the period, then I recommend Wikipedia - eg.Eoceneperiod.
A collection of pictures which gives you the opportunity of getting a sense of the different types of amber.Their size, color, texture, etc. You will be able to use these images to confirm the authenticity of your own pieces, or to check the authenticity of various types of amber eg. on ebay by comparing the picures.
This collection of images has been developed in cooperation with collectors all over the world, and I am very grateful for all the help. It is nice being able to work together to disseminate the available knowledge about amber.