Maggie’s Green Amber

Maggie Campbell Pedersen, the author of Gem and Ornamental Materials of Organic Origin and a contributor to the new sixth edition of GEMS, is a specialist in organic gems such as amber, antler, bone, copal, coral, horn, ivory, jet, pearl, shell, and tortoiseshell. She describes a piece of green amber in material from the Dominican Republic she bought recently from a dealer: “[The dealer] is reputable, and I have dealt with him before. … I was thrilled to be able to obtain a piece, especially as he assured me that 'it really is green.' I was also assured that it was the first piece that he had seen in five years. “I am still delighted with the piece, but not because it really is green, thus proving that the material does exist, but rather because it is not really green, thus proving the opposite and confirming my belief. It is, however, a glorious dark green by reflected light, bu

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