The tradition of the Museum of amber begins on the 70’s with Mrs. Lilia Mijangos’ passion for amber from Chiapas, which was not well known back in those days. She started purchasing pieces of this resin from farmers of Simojovel, Chiapas. This is how she began a personal collection of many pieces of amber with insects and flora inside, and interest colors and shapes. Soon she became the precursor of the collection and trade of such resin. People from different parts of the world visited her to purchase raw pieces with fossils within. In time, she started cutting and designing jewelry in gold and silver.
Following her example, artisans keep working with this mysterious material. In 2000, the first jewelry store opens in San Cristóbal de las Casas, where pieces made in a private lapidary workshop were sold and where they transformed this Mexican gem into edgy and unique designs with different cuts and styles. In 2013 the Museo del Ámbar Lilia Mijangos is opened, where more than 450 pieces are exhibited and the interesting process of formation of this resin is explained, as well as its extraction and history. The museum is affiliated to Galería Ambaria, where they show respect for working with a non-renewable material that formed more than twenty-five million years ago. They have been for many years committed to introduce to the world Mexican amber carefully selecting pieces to obtain a first level high quality product made in Mexico.