Polish your own Amber (Burmite)

Small pieces of Amber, all with a guaranteed insect inclusion. The aim is to let you polish these yourself, which is a simple and easy task to do at home with minimal tools or space.


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Polish your own Burmese Amber (Burmite)

Small pieces of Amber, all with a guaranteed insect inclusion. The aim is to let you polish these yourself, which is a simple and easy task to do at home with minimal tools or space.

It is a little difficult to describe the size of these pieces; they are not large, and obviously vary a lot in size and shape. They are not rough - they are part polished - otherwise I'd not be able to guarantee there is an insect inside.

As such they've been split up into a few different categories:

  • Grade A pieces, which are transparent and I think will polish up to a fine standard, which may be good for microphotography.
  • Grade B pieces, which are transparent to opaque - while the inclusions are visible they may not be as clear as the A pieces.
  • Pieces with a single insect or more than one insect
  • Pieces of various sizes - the longest points are used.

So, for example, we might sell a 'Grade A - 20-30MM - Multiple insects, 1pc' in the menu - this would be a good quality unpolished piece with one visible insect, measuring a maximum of 20-30MM wide.

I would highly recommend magnification with these; we do sell a range of loupes, small magnifying glasses typically used by jewellers.


They have been part polished to about 1000 grit, the process to fully polish them would be to go through various grits of sandpaper to a higher grit - 1200, 1500, 2000, 3000, 5000, 10000. A final polish should be added with something even finer, such as leather with cerium oxide, toothpaste, or zinc oxide. I will hopefully be selling a polishing kit soon. A car headlight polishing kit will work, too - and a sandpaper kit is available for a few pounds on amazon.



Unfortunately, there are ethical concerns due to Burma's ongoing civil war, and concerns over the safety of miners. These pieces were all purchased several years ago from a Canadian mining company.

There is a large debate between scientists as to whether Burmese Amber should be purchased and/or studied due to the potential humanitarian concerns; I have studied the issues for a long time before considering purchasing personally.

Several organisations have issued a blanket ban on studying Burmese Amber; however, this would include bans on all legitimate mines and cause harm to many miners and people working within the industry. It also creates a culture in which a scientific resource ends up smuggled into China and sold online, carved, and lost to science forever.

Ultimately, whether or not you decide to purchase any specimens of Burmese amber will be a personal decision as the ethical concerns are extremely complex. This is true of all rocks and minerals, not purely pieces from Afghanistan, Burma, China, Russia, or any other country with a less than ideal human rights record - and yes, that includes the UK.


Further reading on potential human rights issues regarding Burmese Amber:

Frequently asked questions and delivery information

How do we grade stones?

There is no overall universal grading system for the majority of our products. As such, the grades we use are internal only. They simply refer to higher and lower qualities, but they may be entirely different grades to other websites. C grade pieces are of lower quality than B grade, which is lower than A grade.


How does our ordering and delivery process work?

You place an order via the website. When it’s been picked and packed, your order will be marked as completed and dropped off at our local post office. We have an account with the post office called a “Drop and Go” account, which allows the post office staff to process our parcels when they have free time, rather than me queuing up and delaying everyone else.

I get tracking information etc online when this has been completed. I typically do not send tracking information to customers unless they request it – but if you’ve requested tracked postage, it has been sent tracked! If you have any worries or concerns about your parcel being delayed please feel free to get in touch and I’ll send the tracking info over! We also get delivery confirmations for parcels over 25MM thick by default.


How do international orders work?

After Brexit, with the UK leaving the European Union, certain things have changed with regards to international orders. European Union customers will now likely be liable to pay the same amount of import VAT as any other international customers. You will be responsible for any customs and import fees.


I’d like to return my order for a refund.

No problem at all – just get in touch and we’ll arrange it. You can read our full returns policy here.


What payment methods do you accept?

I can accept Paypal, Stripe, cheque, and direct bank transfers. Paypal and Stripe will both allow you to pay with credit and debit cards.



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