Only the lamps held by two workers  can be seen in the darkness of a mine containing Dominican amber

Amber from the Dominican Republic is extracted from two main beds. The first group are in the mountains to the north of the city of Santiago, the second in the region around the township of El Valle to the northeast of the capital, Santo Domingo. These mineral deposits are in the higher reaches of the mountains. The amber is extracted from the edges of the slopes, depending on the angle of the lignite stratum, or by opening holes in the ground using hammer and chisel and gently removing it by hand.