Monday, January 9, 2012

Hypersphaerae cyclolyncurium

Hypersphaerae cyclolyncurium
Amberous Ribbon Core Cyclone Superball

The ancient Greeks gave amber the name lyncurium, believing falsely that the resins were the petrified urine deposits of the lynx.
H cyclolyncurium is so named because of its characteristic resemblance to a sphere of amber with ribbons embedded inside. These balls almost invariably contain striped ribbons of red, blue, yellow, and white that originate from a single point at the base of the mold and swirl within the rubber casing.
These specimens are a rare find today as the process of injecting the mold was  unnecessarily complicated. Modern versions are held within clear casings and do not show the same level of detail.

Photo Courtesy of Lenore M. Edman

Here is an example of a collection of H cyclolyncurii
in a specimen box by artist Henry J. Simonds.

Photo Courtesy of Steve Smith, 2011

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