Sea shares a huge chunk of amber with lucky man

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A fortunate beachcomber Monday on the shores of the Cape Kolka discovered an enormous piece of amber washed up in recent days by the restless sea, reported national news agency LETA Tuesday.

The finder Māris Grīnpukals from Talsi told LETA that lots of amber pieces had been washed up by recent currents in the Baltic.

“So I occasionally come out to comb the beach when I hear about these waves of washings out,” he explained, admitting he was just an amateur who looked for amber as an occasional leisure time hobby.

Last week he managed to collect a sizable number of amber pieces, one of which was quite large, weighing 70 grams. But the finding yesterday was truly a lucky break, and it didn’t take long for it to make the rounds on the social networks.

Kolka county head Aldis Pinkens admits this large a piece is a rare finding, indeed.

While purchasers of the precious natural ‘stone’, in fact ancient petrified conifer sap offer between three to seven euros per gram of amber, the finder is banking on his huge discovery pulling in a higher price per gram, say between seven to nine euros.

He has already posted an internet advertisement to mull the possibility of a web-based sale, though he’s never done so before. Asked whether he wasn’t considering keeping it rather than selling it Grinpukals answered: “Yes and no. I’ll wait to see what I’m offered.”

Grīnpukals tweeted in response to an inquiry that there are no insects trapped in the piece he’s found, however its unusual feature is clearly its size, as seen in his thumbnail on the auction and used goods sales portal The picture shows a deep-colored cylindrical piece fitting roundly into the entire palm of his hand, truly a rare size for those who follow the amber scene.

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