Most of the Cherry Amber I carve comes from the Dominican Republic or Mexico. Cherry amber is found when a new deposit of amber is discovered. It is the amber that is closest to the surface of the deposit, and it has microscopic fractures that cause the surface of the amber to darken to a lovely red, from deep red, almost black, through brighter reds, to a cognac color. It does tend to be more delicate than other ambers, owing to the cracks near the surface. Also, cherry amber is only red on the outside. When I carve into it, I often find it is yellow on the inside. Therefore, to keep the red color, the piece has to stay pretty much the same shape as the original nugget. If I carve too deeply, I lose the red!