Gem, Rock, and Mineral Postage Stamps Featuring

Gem Name: Amber
Composition: Fossilized tree resin
Nomenclature: The name "amber" is of Arabic origin.
Industrial Uses: Gemstones; ornamental uses; scientific uses.
Additional Notes: Also known by the name succinite. Technically, not a mineral due to its organic composition. Some specimens contain prehistoric plant and animal matter, such as preserved insects; this enhances the amber's esthetic and scientific value. Very convincing fake amber exists which can be difficult to distinguish from genuine amber.

Central Africa Scott 1262a
Central Africa
Scott 1262a
600 francs

The stamp shows a natural, unpolished specimen
with an insect inclusion. Philatelic Mineralogy Copyright © 1997-2010 by Richard Busch