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37 kilos of silver jewelery from Jaipur in India, 17 new tumbled stones from South Africa, Blue Aragonite angels from Argentina, 11 new flat stones, 4300 kg Calcites from Mexico, Pink Calcite in boxes, Rainbow Obsidian hearts, spheres etc. 5 Cargoes arrived with a lot news! We expect containers from Morocco & Brazil next week. The webshop is open and our wholesaler remains open BY APPOINTMENT! What is unfortunately not a nice development are the freight rates that are actually up to 5 times higher than normal! 

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Copal / Amber from Madagascar "Rockshop" sales box with 54 pieces.


Copal / Amber from Madagascar "Rockshop" sales box with 54 pieces.


Copal / Amber from Madagascar "Rockshop" sales box with 54 pieces.


Our own Rockshop label has been marketing sales boxes for over 40 years. In addition to beautiful sales boxes from South Africa (Malachite & Cactus quartz), new from Mexico (Calcites, Vera-Cruz) and new is the Spanish series with sales boxes.

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Amber (incorrectly called amber) is a fossil resin that comes from coniferous trees. These trees were often referred to by the scientific species name Pinus succinifera, a still living pine species. The resin was dripped from the trees millions of years ago and then petrified. Amber dates from the Mesozoic to the Quaternary. Amber is usually warm yellow to dark red in color, but there are also more green, blue or even black colored varieties. Clear amber is generally considered the most beautiful and is the most precious. From a mineral point of view, amber has an amorphous structure. It is quite soft, its hardness is 2-2.5. The word amber - in German Bernstein - comes from the Lower Saxon word börnen, which means to burn. This semi-precious stone is indeed flammable. Amber is called amber in English. In Dutch, amber usually refers to the color amber. A substance from the intestines of the sperm whale is also called amber. This substance has a strong odor and is used in perfumes. The Romans did not miss the fact that many insects are found in amber. They (correctly) explained this by assuming that amber was liquid when it covered the insects. So they called the stone succinum or gum stone. The name is still present in succinic acid, in the scientific name for the pine species Pinus succinifera and also in succinite, a name given by James Dwight Dana to a certain type of amber originating from the Baltic Sea region. A common group of land snails are the Amber snails. They are so named because of the amber-yellow color of the cochlea. The scientific name of an amber snail species is Succinea putris. Amber is electrically charged by rubbing it against an animal's fur. For this reason, the term electricity is derived from the Greek word for amber, electron (Latin: electrum). In Greek mythology, the god Helios one day had his son Phaeton drive the solar car. But Phaeton could not keep the horses in check, causing the sun to scorch heaven and earth. This is how the people of Ethiopia got their dark color. To save Earth, Zeus throws his lightning bolt at Phaeton, causing him to fall dead. Phaeton's sisters, the Heliads, mourn him. Their tears trickle down and solidify into amber. The Greek mythological figure Elektra is identified with amber. The Greek word for amber is "electron" (ηλεκτρον) from which our word "electricity" comes, because according to the Greeks an amber came from the amber islands that were situated at the mouth of the legendary Amber river in the far north, the Eridanos.