Pat reminds me to dig deeper into amber, highly valued by Kings and royalty way way back when we had Kings and royalty.

Tunneling deeper, I start walking to the Museum of Ambar at 454 Calle Arzobismo Merino Street in the Zona Colonia, four blocks from the Plaza Colon.

Street numbers increase, as I walk. There is a 452 Merino street and 454 is just after 452, on a corner on my side of the street. Odd numbers on one side of the street and even numbers on the other seems to have some kind of universal mojo.

Brunilda, standing inside the Museo’s front door, opens it and welcomes me, and soon gives me a fifteen minute personal tour of the museo and its retail shop

From Brunilda’s tour, here are amber facts.

  1. Amber is tree sap preserved in the Earth, as old as 360 million years.
  2. Amber, under heat, turns into its original gummy state.
  3. Jurassic Park popularized amber with its Hollywood premise of bringing dinosaurs back to life by extracting DNA from insects caught inside it, then using the DNA to create dinosaurs.
  4. Amber can contain bark, roots, leaves, vegetables, ants, termites, lizards, and most anything that crawled or fell into it and couldn’t get out.
  5. The older a piece of amber is, the darker it becomes.
  6. “Blue Amber ” is found only in the Dominican Republic. If you hold ” Blue Amber ” up to light you see tints of blue.
  7. Amber,dropped into a saline solution, floats.
  8. Amber comes in many colors and shapes.

After our tour, we stop in the retail store and see amber turned into necklaces, rings, earrings, shown off in silver and gold settings.

Even though I’m sold on amber, i don’t buy today.

Not taking money when you go someplace is not always a bad travel precaution.

 

 

 

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